- The Centre has said that State Government is empowered to undertake necessary relief measures in the wake of natural calamities like drought, hailstorm, pest attack and cold wave frost from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) which is readily available with them.
- In case SDRF is exhausted, contingency fund of the State can be utilised.All State Governments and UT Administrations have been asked to take immediate necessary steps to address the notified calamities by utilising the funds available under SDRF. If additional finance assistance, over and above SDRF is required, memorandum may be summited for consideration as per extant procedure/norms for assistance from National Disaster Response Fund.
State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF):
- SDRF has been constituted by each state under the provisions of Disaster Management act 2005. It was constituted based on the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission.
- The government of India contributes 75% and 90% of the total yearly allocation of SDRF to general states and special category states respectively.
- The state executive committee headed by the Chief Secretary is authorized to decide on all matters relating to the financing of the relief expenditure from the SDRF.
Sources: The Hindu, ndmindia.nic.in.