STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI:
COVID-19 SDRF Fund: The Assam State Government has released Rs 49.64 crore SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) for its 34 districts for COVID-19 management. The pandemic situation is going from bad to worse in the State, especially in Kamrup (M) district.
According to sources in the State Revenue and Disaster Management (R&DM) Department, such a release of the Covid fund has been possible after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs allowed the use of up to 50 per cent of SDRF money for COVID management purposes.
According to the MHA guidelines, SDRF funds can't be used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The money can, however, be spent for making COVID patients' provisions for temporary accommodations; food; clothing; quarantine camps (other than home quarantine); support for checking, screening and contact tracing; cost of thermal scanners; ventilation; consumables for government hospitals etc.
According to sources in the Department, the highest amount of Rs 6.42 crore has been released for Kamrup (M), Rs 2.92 crore for Kamrup, Rs 2.73 crore for Nagaon, Rs 2.43 crore for Cachar, Rs 2.52 crore for Dibrugarh, Rs 2.13 crore for Sonitpur, Rs 1.66 crore for Barpeta, Rs 1.70 crore for Dhubri, Rs 1.63 crore for Jorhat, Rs 1.54 crore for Karimganj, Rs 1.98 crore for Tinsukia, Rs 1.14 crore for Bongaigaon, etc.