NDRF aid only for severe calamities

The Union government has declared the Kerala floods a “calamity of severe nature”. Here is a look at what this means, whether the State can expect additional help from the Centre and how the various disaster relief funds in the country are funded and deployed. What are the classifications of disasters, and how does this affect funding? According to the National Disaster Management Policy, the State governments have to provide disaster relief from their respective State Disaster Response Funds (SDRFs), and only for a “calamity of severe nature”, will additional assistance be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). There is, however, no provision in the law or rules for the government to designate a disaster as a “national calamity”. How have NDRF funds been allocated to States in the recent past? In 2017-18, up to December 27, 2017, the Union government released NDRF funds to nine States — Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana — over and above its contributions to their respective SDRFs. The recipient of the highest amount was Karnataka, which got Rs. 913 crore that year.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/calamity-of-a-severe-nature/article24740771.ece

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