State to receive SDRM, NEC funds to tackle Covid-19
NEWDELHI, 3rd Apr: Following the assurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his video conference meeting with the Chief Ministers on Thursday, union minister for home affairs Amit Shah has approved the release of Rs 11,092 crore under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF), to all States.
The central government has released in advance its share of first instalment of State Disaster Risk Management Fund for the year 2020-21, amounting to Rs 11,092 crore, with a view to augment funds available with the State Governments.
Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has also released a total of Rs 17,287.08 crore to different States to enhance their financial resources during the Covid-19 crisis. This includes Rs 6,195.08 crore on account of ‘revenue deficit grant’ under 15th Finance Commission recommendations to 14 states.
Manipur will get a share of Rs 21 crore as central share for the SDRMF and Rs 235.33 crore as revenue deficit grant which sum up to Rs 256.33 crore.
With a view to make available additional funds to the state governments for taking preventive and mitigation measures for containment of COVID-19, the central government on March 13 has already made a special dispensation for utilisation of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). This fund was allowed to be utilised for setting up quarantine facilities, sample collection and screening; setting up additional testing laboratories, cost of consumables; purchase of personal protection equipment for healthcare, municipal, police and fire authorities; purchase of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers, and consumables for government hospitals.
The Centre is sensitive to the need for providing food and shelter to homeless people including migrant labourers, who are stranded due to lockdown measures. Accordingly on March 28, the Central Government allowed the states government to use SDRF for this purpose also.
To fight the COVID-19 outbreak effectively, North Eastern Council (NEC) has also released Rs 3 Crore as normative share of Manipur to the state government.
The decision was taken after a detailed review meeting of Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council (NEC) officials and DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh convened on March 27 through video conferencing.
During the meeting, members present deliberated in length on the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and measures being taken to meet the challenges arising out of it in the North Eastern Region. In the meeting it was decided that DoNER/NEC will provide support of Rs 25 Crore to the North Eastern States in support of their efforts to fight the outbreak. DoNER minister also shared that concerted efforts are already being taken and all efforts will be made to ensure that the North East states are supported in this hour of need, particularly related to medical needs and essential commodities.
Accordingly on April 3, NEC released Rs 3 Crore to the Manipur government to fight the COVID-19 outbreak effectively.
This release is in the nature of an untied fund, which can be utilised as gap funding on activities relating to COVID-19 pandemic not covered under existing Central packages. The flexibility of untied funds would enable the state to respond effectively in a timely manner as per the situation on the ground. This release would be in addition to the funds otherwise allocated by the Ministry of DoNER/NEC to the state under existing schemes. The present primary focus of both Central and state government is to effectively deal with the serious threat posed by COVID-19 and to ensure that it is brought under control with the active participation of the whole society.