Move to use CM’s disaster relief fund for large-scale development projects
Thiruvananthapuram: There are reports stating that there is a move to use the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund for large-scale development projects.
The move is to build townships in flood hit areas. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for a high level committee meeting at the CM’s conference hall at 12 noon on Tuesday.
Usually, the CM’s disaster relief fund is used to help people suffering from natural disasters, accidents and health problems. These funds are not used for other projects or activities. However, reports suggest that the government is planning on such a move.
Following the devastating floods, the CM’s disaster relief fund had received crores of rupees as donation from the public, agencies and organisations. These funds were used to distribute the immediate flood relief of Rs 10,000 for every flood hit family besides providing compensation for the kin of those who lost their loved ones in the floods.
Now there is around Rs 2,000 crore remaining in the CM’s disaster relief fund. The government is planning to use the remaining funds for large-scale development projects. Townships in flood hit areas would be the major project.
Presentation of projects using the CM’s disaster relief fund is the major agenda of the meeting called by the CM on Tuesday. Government officials including the chief secretary have been invited for the meeting. However, ministers handling related portfolios including revenue, which handles the CM’s disaster relief fund, have not been invited.