444 Cr Spent On Calamity

As on date the State Government has already spent Rs.444.45 Crore for natural calamity management during this year.

Preliminary Report on Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm-FANI reveals that the opening balance of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) was Rs.318 Crore as on 1 April, 2019.

However the State Government has incurred an expenditure of Rs.444.45 Crore for natural calamities and specifically Rs.212 Crore for Cyclone FANI, which made a landfall on 3 May.

Officials admit that if Government of India has not released Rs.1340 Crore for the SDRF, State Government would have faced financial constraints to deal with calamity, which devastated several districts of the State.

While just before FANI hit the State, the First Installment of Central share of Rs.341 Crore was released by Centre for 2019-20 on 1 May.

Normally Centre releases First Installment in June, however Union Government not only released the First Installment, but on 7 May it released Second Installment also.

Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention, Union Government released a Grant of Rs.788.87 Crore on 7 May from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

On receiving both the First and Second Installments, State Government also released State Shares for both the installments amounting Rs.61 Crore immediately.

So as on 8 May, availability of amount in SDRf touched Rs.1720.24 Crore, making the State Government comfortable for handling such a calamity, which devastated Puri, Khorda, Cuttack Districts badly and other 11 Districts were also affected.  

With funds available, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Office was able to release more funds for FANI relief and rescue operations.

As on date Rs.212 crore has been spent for FANI rescue, restoration and others expenditure, which was made available from SDRF, officials say.

While this much of money has been spent for FANI, SRC Office has released Rs.5 Crore funds for State Specific Disasters.

While spending on all other counts has been Rs.444.45 Crore, now Rs.1275.79 Crore is available with the State Government in SDRF.

So the State Government is not facing any shortage of funds to take up relief, rescue, restoration and other steps in calamity zones, thanks to largesse of the Union Government.

Now the Inter Ministerial Committee headed by Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs has winded the visit to the FANI affected areas and left for New Delhi, now they will present their assessment of damages to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

MHA in turn will sanction more funds for the State, once they will receive a Detailed Memorandum from the State Government, which is being prepared, said sources.

This time a proactive Union Government sent the Central Team, before the State Government presented the Memorandum on FANI Damages.

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