Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that a lot of canards are being spread about the usage of the donations to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), but these are baseless. Speaking to reporters here, he said that anyone can check and ensure the credibility of CMDRF.
Deserving persons will be benefitted through this. The Comptroller and Auditor General audit the CMDRF in every states. The statistics of state fund are to be presented in Assembly and national fund in Parliament. Hiding all these facts allegations are being spread, he added.
"Just as the PM's Fund is being utilised, so in the same way, the CM's Fund is being utilised. While the Relief Fund will be used only for the damages suffered in the fury, there is another fund, which comes through the annual budget allocation for other needs. We have today seen how a person has created a fake ID in the name of relief and we will be taking strict action against it," the Chief Minister said.
"It must be noted that there is a campaign going on that there is an unutilised part of the fund collected last year. It must be noted that funds are released in instalments and not in one go," he added.
He also asked people to contribute freely, especially those who did not take part in the salary challenge, last year.
According to Pinarayi Vijayan, the current disaster has come at a time when the state was readying its blueprint for rebuilding Kerala in the aftermath of last year's floods.
"Various agencies had identified a loss of Rs 31,000 crore in last year's floods, and this figure is going to go up with this year's damages. Now, with this appearing to have become a regular feature, proper planning will be made when the reconstruction takes place, and fragile areas will be marked and no construction or resettlement will be allowed in such areas," he said.
Ministers will contribute Rs 1 lakh each to CMDRF, he further said.
(With PTI inputs)