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In assembly with PM Modi, states search extra funds to deal with Covid-19; some ask for elimination of spending cap – india information


The chief ministers of varied states requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take away the cap on spending funds from the State Catastrophe Reduction Fund (SDRF) to satisfy the challenges posed by the coronavirus illness and different issues.

The requests had been made throughout a video convention between PM Modi and chief ministers of varied states which was held to debate the scenario arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh stated that the present cap of 35 per cent in SDRF for Covid-19 associated expenditure, as per the rules of the Union dwelling ministry, doesn’t permit the state governments to deal with the pandemic successfully.

He additionally sought a liberal monetary package deal for states to fill the gathering hole brought on by the pandemic, and likewise flexibility on Covid-related phrases of expenditure in SDRF, information company ANI reported quoting a press release from the chief minister’s workplace.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami requested for an extra ad-hoc grant. “As we’ve already totally exhausted State Catastrophe Response & Mitigation fund, I additionally request an ad-hoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore from NDRF instantly to combat pandemic,” Palaniswami stated on the assembly, in accordance with ANI.

The demand to take away cap from SDRF was made by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan too throughout a gathering with PM Modi on the flood scenario.

Aside from Tamil Nadu and Punjab, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana chief minister Okay Chandrasekhar Rao, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar additionally attended the assembly on Tuesday.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh was additionally current within the evaluation assembly.

PM Modi has held a number of conferences with the chief ministers over the Covid-19 scenario after the announcement of the primary lockdown in March this yr.

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