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The sums involved are huge but effective relief for the drought-stricken remains elusive. The Centre says funds made available for disaster relief fall under five categories: National Fund for Calamity Relief (NFCR), Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) entitl

View From The Centre


RAJASTHAN: Under the CRF, the state had unspent resources amounting to Rs 153.22 crore from last year’s allocation. In addition, Rs 102.93 crore were released under the NFCR on March 31, 2000. Subsequently, Rs 112.12 crore more from the CRF entitlement for this year was also released, which means that as on April 1, the Rajasthan government had access to Rs 368.27 crore under these two heads. In addition, the state was allocated Rs 20 crore from the PMRF on April 30, 2000, taking the total to Rs 388.27 crore.

GUJARAT: The state had received Rs 54.58 crore under the NFCR and additional CRF to the tune of Rs 87.42 crore. The PMRF sanctioned another Rs 10 crore to the state government, taking the total to Rs 152 crore.

ANDHRA PRADESH: An allocation of Rs 75.36 crore from NFCR and an additional sanction of Rs 77.78 crore under the CRF. Taken with the Rs 15 crore grant from the PMRF, the total allocation stands at Rs 168.14 crore.


Under the ongoing RDPS run by the Union rural development ministry-focusing on the three broad areas of employment generation, rural infrastructure and self-employment in rural areas-Rajasthan had unspent funds worth Rs 239.56 crore. Gujarat had unspent funds to the tune of Rs 153.9 crore and Andhra Pradesh, Rs 183.78 crore. Usually, a utilisation report is called for before the Centre allocates fresh resources but taking the drought into consideration, further allocation was made on April 1, 2000. Rajasthan got Rs 80.15 crore, Gujarat Rs 99.42 crore and Andhra Pradesh, Rs 105.14 crore.


Under the Centrally-sponsored drinking water programme, as on April 1, 2000, Rajasthan had Rs 57.65 crore unspent and Rs 81.8 crore more had been released. Gujarat didn’t have any unspent money from the previous allocation and Rs 3.52 crore more was released, while Andhra Pradesh had Rs 10.70 crore unspent from the previous allocation and was allocated another Rs 58 crore.

Officials monitoring the drought-relief work undertaken by the states say that it is not their case that funds are not a problem; merely, that given the resource crunch the nation faces, enough monies have been made available. "The implementation of the relief work, though, has to be the responsibility of various state governments," says the Central government.

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