In order to allow states to set up quarantine facilities and arrange other facilities for containing the spread of the novel Coronavirus, Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah on Friday, April 3, approved the release of Rs. 11,092 crore to all states under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF).
The move comes as part of assurance given by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi during his video conference on Thursday, April 2, to Chief Ministers of the all the states.
The first instalment of SDRMF for 2020-21 amounting to Rs. 11,092 crore has been released by the government at the Centre in advance, with a view to augment funds available with the governments in the states.
An official statement issued by the Ministry read, “This fund is allowed to be utilised for setting up quarantine facilities, sample collection and screening; setting up additional testing laboratories, cost of consumables; purchase of personal protection equipment for healthcare, municipal, police and fire authorities; purchase of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers, and consumables for government hospitals.”