The pandemic of Covid-19 has hit every state of India very hard. With cases nearing to 58 million, the center has given permission to the states officials to use up to 50 percent of state disaster response fund to the cause of fighting the pandemic. This will help the states to invest more money to boost infrastructure of quarantine facilities, testing laboratories, purchase of ventilators and oxygen generation plants. Also the production o PPE kits could be enhanced greatly with the help of this fund.
States will be able to use up to 50% of SDRF to boost infrastructure
The decision was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the meeting with the chief ministers of seven worst hit states by Covid-19. He ensured the Chief ministers that the Government will provide every necessary requirement to cope up with the pandemic including the increase in the states’ limits to spend the State Disaster response fund to boost infrastructure and fight pandemic.
This step is for the financial year 2020-2021
In the talks with the chief secretaries of all states and union territories the Union Home Ministry informed that it has reviewed and modified the list of items and norms for the assistance of containment measures of Covid-19. The states are now eligible to use up to 50% of SDRF for the financial year 2020-21.
This step will help with the distribution of temporary food, accommodation, clothes, medical care for all the people affected and sheltered in the camps. Also, this will cover the cluster containment operations.
Covid-19 The personal protection equipment (PPE) will be made available for healthcare workers, police and, municipal, police, and fire authorities in larger amount. The cost of ventilators, air purifiers, thermal scanners and oxygen and storage plant in hospitals will be covered. This decision will also help in strengthening the hospital and ambulance services.