ITANAGAR: The Centre has sanctioned an amount of Rs 70 crore under NDRF (National Disaster Relief Fund) and another amount of over 100 crore under SDRF (State Disaster Relief Fund), for Arunachal Pradesh this year, to undertake flood damage restoration works and other calamity related measures, Chief Minister Pema Khandu informed the Assembly on Monday.
Responding to a question raised in the House by senior BJP member Kento Rina, Khandu said that the State Finance department has released the fund to the Disaster Management department to undertake the schemes.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the Finance and Planning portfolios, responding to Rina informed that under SDRF, the Centre allocates fund in 90:10 ratio while under NDRF the Centre sanctions cent per cent fund.
"For NDRF allocation, the State government collects information from the districts on flood and other natural calamity damages and sends the report to the Home Ministry, who, in turn, sends a team to verify the ground reality. After submission of the final report by the team, the Ministry allocates fund to the Finance department who then places it with the disaster management department," Mein said. He added that under SDRF, the Centre allocates fund in two installments every year.
"The Finance department only receives the fund from the Centre and releases it to the Disaster Management department to be allocated for the districts concerned. The Finance department has no say on allocations under NDRF and SDRF," pointed out the Deputy Chief Minister.