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Maharashtra CM Urges Centre to Consider Covid-19 as Natural Calamity

A police officer patrols on a Segway alongside the promenade exterior the Gateway of India throughout curfew in Mumbai. REUTERS

All State Disaster Management Acts have been shaped as a part of the central catastrophe administration regulation; therefore the state wants the Centre’s permission to make use of the SDRF for serving to the pandemic-hit individuals, an official mentioned.

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  • Last Updated:April 15, 2021, 15:34 IST
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has written a letter to the Centre, urging to contemplate the Covid-19 pandemic as pure calamity, in order that the federal government can use the state catastrophe response fund (SDRF) to offer monetary help to the affected individuals. All State Disaster Management Acts have been shaped as a part of the central catastrophe administration regulation; therefore the state wants the Union authorities’s permission to make use of the SDRF for serving to the pandemic-hit individuals, a authorities official mentioned on Thursday.

The chief minister wrote the letter to the Centre on Wednesday to hunt its permission, he mentioned. As of now, flood, lightning incidents, heavy rainfall the place there may be lack of property or livelihood fall beneath the class of pure calamity and financial compensation is supplied to the affected individuals. The chief minister desires to make use of the SDRF for the same function because the coronavirus outbreak has affected the earnings of 1000’s of individuals within the state. We want a authorized provision to take action, therefore the state authorities has written to the Centre,” the official mentioned. On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported 58,952 contemporary coronavirus circumstances, taking the tally to 35,78,160, whereas 278 new fatalities pushed the toll to 58,804, the state well being division mentioned.

In view of an alarming rise in circumstances, the state authorities has introduced stricter measures for 15-days which got here into power at eight pm on Wednesday and can stay in operation until 7 am on May 1.

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