The Finance Ministry said it had no objection to the proposal made by the Union Home Secretary on May 4
The NDRF :
- The National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) is an Indian specialised force constituted “for the purpose of specialist response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster” under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
- The “Apex Body for Disaster Management” in India is the National Disaster Management Authority.
- At present, NDRF HAS 12 battalions, with each battalion consisting 1149 personnel.
- All the 12 battalions are located in Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.
The NDRF can get direct donations now :
- The Finance Ministry has given a go ahead to NDRF for receiving donations from individuals directly like PM CARES.
- The expenditure department issued a memo stating ‘No objection to the proposal made by Union Home Secretary’.
- This is being seen as a needed step taken in the tough time of prevailing global pandemic.
The decision came after :
- The decision will ease Centre’s problems now. The Supreme Court had sought a response from Centre to a plea that PM CARES funds should be entirely transferred to NDRF.
- For the same demand RTI activist Lokesh Batra had also been writing to Home ministry and Finance Ministry.
Who siad what?
- “It’s a government fund that is spent for the national cause and is auditable by CAG and will fall under the RTI Act,” Lokesh Batra said. “Citizens can keep watch to ensure the money is spent judiciously.”
- The Finance Ministry memo says “receipts in the form of grants/donations made by any person for the purpose of disaster management may be taken as receipts of GoI under a new minor head” being created for the purpose.
In new lockdown, a second chance for Tamil Nadu
“It’s high time for health authorities in Tamil Nadu”
The case of Tamil Nadu :
- Tamil Nadu stands second in the nation after Maharashtra with steadily increasing cases.
- The state has witnessed a total of 54,449 tasted positive cases, the second largest after 1,20,500 of Maharashtra till 19th of June 2020.
- The national capital is close to the third spot with reaching 50,000 cases.
Rising death toll :
- Deaths too have gone high from 87 on May 20 to 666 on June 19.
- This increase in number of deaths is worrisome for the authorities as it’s rising dangerously very fast.
- The death figure due to virus was below 20 till June 12. Only on June 13 it crossed 30 and since June 15 it never came below 40.
More testing :
- The number of tests done by the state per day has been increased since May 20.
- Tamil Nadu has done over 8 lakh tests as on June 18, which is higher than Maharashtra , with 7.2 lakh tests
- Amid this all the god news from the study is that with increasing number of tests, the positive cases have started dropping from June 14.
- The peak till date has been June 9 for the state.
It’s the high time for :
- As of now one is tested when he shows a combination of symptoms fro those 15 COVID-19 symptoms issued by health ministry
- For state it is high time to perform tests on a larger scale even though the person doesn’t show symptoms and is from the containment zone.
- Aggressive testing and isolation is the need of the hour to curb the mortality rate which is on a high.
Learn from Dharavi :
- If Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum can be controlled then why can’t Chennai do it.
- Door-to-door aggressive testing, quarantining of people with mildest symptoms, and isolation of those who are tested positive helped contain the further spread of virus in Dharavi.