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Govt Releases Over Rs 8,873 cr to States from SDRF for COVID Management

As a special dispensation, the Centre has released in advance over 8,873 crore rupees for State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to all the States.
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As a special dispensation, the Centre has released in advance over 8,873 crore rupees for State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to all the States. The States can use up to 50 percent of the released amount for COVID-19 containment measures, which include meeting the cost of oxygen generation and storage plants in hospitals, ventilators, strengthening ambulance services, COVID-19 hospitals, thermal scanners, personal protective equipment, testing laboratories and testing kits.

The Finance Ministry has released the amount ahead of the normal schedule of the 1st installment of SDRF, which is generally released in the month of June. However, in relaxation of the normal procedure, not only the release of SDRF has been advanced, but the amount has also been released without waiting for the utilization certificate.

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