Srinagar, July 23: Amid spike in COVID cases, the government on Thursday sanctioned Rs 15 Crore under SDRF for SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Government Medical Colleges (GMC) Srinagar and Jammu.
The decision to sanction Rs five Crore each to the three health institutions was taken in a State Executive Committee meeting headed by the Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
Officials told KNO that Rs 15 Crore has been sanctioned under SDRF for SKIMS, GMC Jammu, and GMC Srinagar.
“Rs 5 Crore each has been sanctioned for the trio health institutions for setting up of additional testing labs, equipment, for PPEs and other COVID containment efforts.
“The amount sanctioned is over and above funds provided to Health department,” officials said
The funds shall be placed with Divisional Commissioners of Jammu as well as Kashmir for this purpose.
As per MHA guidelines, SDRF funds for COVID containment efforts in Government Hospitals can be utilized for setting up additional testing laboratories; procurement of personal protection equipment for health workers and other related consumables for government hospitals. It is pertinent to mention that this funding under SDRF is over and above the funding that is being provided to Health Department during the course of the year.
The meeting was attended by A. K. Mehta; Financial Commissioner, Finance; Pawan Kotwal; Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Simrandeep Singh, Secretary to the Government, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction—(KNO)