New Delhi: The Central authorities has launched Rs 8,873.6 crore to states within the first instalment of their share within the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2021-22. The quantity can be utilized for numerous measures to deal with the Covid disaster.
The Union Home Ministry acknowledged that the Department of Expenditure, beneath the Ministry of Finance, has launched the quantity as a particular dispensation upfront of the traditional schedule at its advice.
The first installment of the SDRF has been launched upfront as it’s often launched in June as per the suggestions of the Finance Commission.
An quantity of Rs 8873.6 crore has been launched to the states, an official assertion revealed.
Besides the particular dispensation coming upfront, it’s knowledgeable that the quantity has additionally been launched with out ready for the utilisation certificates of the quantity supplied to the states within the final monetary 12 months.
Up to 50 per cent of the quantity launched i.e. Rs 4,436.8 crore can be utilized by the states for Covid-19 containment measures, the assertion knowledgeable.
If additional added that the funds from the SDRF could also be utilized by the states for numerous measures associated to the 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.
The particular dispensation is available in at a time when Coronavirus’s second wave in India continues to escalate. India recorded 401,993 new Covid-19 circumstances within the final 24 hours, making it the primary nation on this planet to register over 4 lakh infections in a single day. As many as 3523 new deaths had been additionally reported.
Meanwhile, the third part of Covid vaccination drive formally begun within the nation on Saturday however a number of states comparable to Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh reported that they won’t be able to start vaccinating these from 18 to 45 years but because of the unavailability of sufficient doses.