The Central government has allocated Rs 60.80 crore for Meghalaya in 2022-23 under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to provide relief assistance to people affected by natural calamities.
According to official sources, the Centre’s share of SDRF released in 2022-23 was Rs 27.20 crore. The share is from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
In 2021-22, the Centre’s allocation to Meghalaya under SDRF was Rs 58.40 crore of which the Centre’s chare Rs 52.80 crore.
Similarly, in 2020-21, the amount allocated to the State was Rs 58.40 crore and the Centre’s share was Rs 52.80 crore.
In 2019-20, the allocation by the Central government was Rs 29 crore while its share was Rs 38.70 crore.
The data on damages due to heavy rain and floods is compiled by the Central Water Commission (CWC) after receipt of confirmation from respective states.
The primary responsibility of disaster management rests with the respective state governments. The Central government supplements the efforts of the State government and provides requisite logistics and financial support.
The State government undertakes assessment of damages caused due to 12 notified natural calamities including rain and floods and provides relief assistance from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) already placed at their disposal as per Government of India’s approved norms.
Additional financial assistance is provided from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), as per laid down procedure in case of disaster of ‘severe nature’ which includes an assessment based on the visit of an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT).