The first instalment of the central share of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) of Rs 8873.6 crore for the 12 months 2021-22 has been launched to all of the states, mentioned the Ministry of Finance on Saturday.
The ministry mentioned that as much as 50 per cent of the quantity launched i.e. Rs 4436.8 crore can be utilized by the states for COVID-19 containment measures.
It additionally mentioned that an quantity of Rs 8873.6 crore has been launched to the states on the suggestion of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Normally, the first instalment of SDRF is launched within the month of June as per the suggestions of the Finance Commission.
“However, in relaxation of normal procedure, not only has the release of SDRF been advanced, the amount has also been released without waiting for the utilization certificate of the amount provided to the States in the last financial year,” it mentioned.
The funds from SDRF could also be utilized by the states for numerous measures associated to containment of COVID-19 together with assembly the price of oxygen era and storage vegetation in hospitals, ventilators, air purifiers, strengthening ambulance companies, COVID-19 hospitals, Covid Care Centres, consumables, thermal scanners, private protecting gear, testing laboratories, testing kits, containment zone, and so forth.