Telangana, Andhra Pradesh among 22 states to get SDRF funds in wake of heavy rains across India

The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, has released an amount of ₹7,532 crore to 22 state governments under the SDRF.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 13, 2023 | 1:20 AM Updated Jul 13, 2023 | 1:21 AM

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Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are among the 22 states that received funds from the central government under the respective State Disaster Response Funds (SDRFs), on Wednesday, 12 July. The aid came in the wake of heavy rains across the country.

Telangana received ₹188.8 crore, while Andhra Pradesh received ₹493.6 crore for their respective SDRFs.

The Department of Expenditure under the Union Ministry of Finance released an amount of ₹7,532 crore to 22 state governments for their SDRFs.

The amount has been released as per the recommendations of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

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SDRF guidelines relaxed this year

In the wake of heavy rains across the country, the guidelines have been relaxed and the amount has been released as immediate assistance to states without waiting for the utilisation certificate of the amount provided to the states in the last financial year.

The SDRF is constituted in each state under Section 48(1)(a) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

It is the primary fund available for state governments for responses to notified disasters.

The Union government contributes 75 percent to the SDRF in general states and 90 percent to the Northeastern and Himalayan states.

The annual Central contribution is released in two equal instalments, as per the recommendation of the Finance Commission.

As per the guidelines, the funds are released on receipt of a utilisation certificate of the amount released in the earlier instalment and a report from the state government on the activities undertaken with the SDRF.

However, in view of the urgency, these requirements were waived while releasing the funds this time.

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SDRF allocation

The SDRF is to be used only for meeting the expenditure required to provide immediate relief to the victims of notified calamities like cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, fires, floods, tsunamis, hailstorms, landslides, avalanches, cloudbursts, pest attacks, and frost and cold waves.

Allocation of SDRF funds to the states is based on multiple factors, like past expenditure, area, population, and disaster risk index.

These factors reflect states’ institutional capacity, risk exposure, and hazard and vulnerability.

Based on the 15th Finance Commission recommendations, the central government has allocated ₹1,28,122.40 crore for SDRF for 2021-22 to 2025-26.

Out of this amount, the Union government’s share is ₹98,080.80 crore. It has already provided ₹34,140 crore before the current release.

With the current release, the total amount of the Central share of SDRF released to the state governments has gone up to ₹42,366 crore.

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