The central government released Rs 17,287.08 crore to different states on Friday 3rd April. This will enhance their financial resources to deal with the various challenges in the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of this amount, Rs 11,092 crore is dedicated towards the State Disaster Response Mitigation Fund (SDRMF). The grant includes Rs 6,195.08 crore on account of ‘revenue deficit grant’ under 15th Finance Commission recommendations to 14 states, to set up quarantine facilities, the home affairs ministry said in a statement.
The Centre released advance payments of over Rs 1,276 crore to Kerala, followed by over Rs 952 crore to Himachal and over Rs 638 crore to Punjab. Assam received Rs 631 crore, Andhra Pradesh Rs 491 crore, Uttarakhand Rs 423 crore, and West Bengal got Rs 417 crore.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released today a total of Rs 17,287.08 crore to different States to enhance their financial resources during the #COVID19 crisis,” the Office of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a tweet.
This includes Rs 6,195.08 crore on account of “revenue deficit grant” under the 15th Finance Commission recommendations to 14 states. The central government had on March 14 already made a special dispensation for utilization of SDRF to help state governments take preventive and mitigation measures for containment of the Covid-19.
The centre announced this fund is allowed to be utilized for setting up quarantine facilities, sample collection and screening, setting up additional testing laboratories, to cover cost of consumables, and purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare, municipal, police and fire authorities, purchase of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers and consumables for government hospitals.
(Source: the Economic Times, The Quint)