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Centre sanctions Rs.176.52 cr relief from NDRF to Nagaland

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, MAR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/27/2020 12:27:01 PM IST

 DoNER, NEC to give Rs.25 crore to NE  to combat COVID-19

Centre on Friday released Rs. 176.52 crore to Nagaland towards relief necessitated by natural calamity (flood, landslide of 2019). Altogether Rs.4421.92 crore was sanctioned to seven state governments, including Nagaland from the National Disaster Relief Fund for the period 2019-20.

The eight states which will get the financial assistance are: Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Karnataka.

A high-level committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved the additional central assistance subject to the adjustment of 50 per cent of balances available in the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) account as on April 1 of the financial year.

DoNER, NEC to give Rs. 25 cr to NE states: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and the North Eastern Council (NEC) has decided to contribute Rs 25 crore additional fund to combat the coronavirus in the North Eastern region, Union DoNER minister Dr. Jitendra Singh informed on Friday.

Informing this during a video conference with DoNER and NEC officials, Dr. Singh said Rs 25 crore will be made available by the ministry in addition to already allocated funds and this amount can be utilised for activities to combat the COVID-19 threat as well as gap funding required in the wake of the current situation.

Singh also said that the central government has decided to arrange dedicated chartered flights to the region and other hilly regions for transportation of essential items during the 21-day lockdown.

The minister said precise areas of spending will be determined as per the requirement in consultation with the state governments as well as other stakeholders.

While the Ministry of DoNER primarily deals with the development projects in the Northeast, Singh said, it is also responsible for coordinating with other ministries and departments and at the same time seeking the welfare of all sections of people living in the region.

If required, further assistance whatever feasible will also be made, he added.

It may be mentioned that the Centre had invoked the National Disaster Management Act – meant to handle disasters natural or man-made–for the first time in the country, bringing states under the Centre’s control regarding the battle against the highly contagious coronavirus. 

Health is usually under the control of the states. Calling coronavirus a “threat” to the country, the home ministry in its order said the National Disaster Management Authority has “considered it necessary to take effective measures”.

 

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