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Centre releases Rs 7,532 crore to states for relief in areas hit by monsoon fury

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The Ministry of Finance today released an amount of Rs. 7,532 crore to 22 State Governments for the respective State Disaster Response Funds (SDRF) in the wake of the unprecedented monsoon fury.

“In the wake of heavy rains across the country, the guidelines have been relaxed and the amount has been released as immediate assistance to States without waiting for the utilisation certificate of the amount provided to the States in the last financial year.,” the Finance Ministry said.

The SDRF is to be used only for meeting the expenditure for providing immediate relief to the victims of notified calamities like cyclone, drought, earthquake, fire, flood, tsunami, hailstorm, landslide, avalanche, cloud burst, pest attack and frost & cold wave.

Allocation of SDRF funds to the States is based on multiple factors like past expenditure, area, population, and disaster risk index.  These factors reflect States’ institutional capacity, risk exposure, and hazard and vulnerability.

The amount has been released as per the recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

For State-wise details see: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1938934