CM’s Distress Relief Fund recieves Rs 1,027.78 crore till date

The floods in Kerala, which is estimated to have cost the state damages to the tune of over Rs 20,000 crore, left god’s own country in a state of shock. The Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) has received a total amount of Rs 1,027.78 crore as of August 31, at the time of writing. The list is being updated on a real-time basis.

According to the CMDRF website, Rs 145.88 crore has been received via electronic payments, Rs 46.04 crore via UPI/QR/VPA and Rs 835.86 crore via cash/cheque/RTGS. The electronic payments made through the website, from August 14, reached Rs 134.29 crore, with Rs 44.98 lakh on August 31 alone. The website has also listed out the banks through which the amount was received.

To those with concerns about how the government is utilising the funds received so far, the website has a page stating the transparency rules.

According to the website, the funds are released only through bank transfer and are operated by Manoj Joshi IAS, the Government Principal Secretary (Finance). Transfers to the end beneficiary are done through Direct Bank Transfer system.

“Contributions to CMDRF is remitted to bank accounts maintained in State Bank of India, City main Branch, Trivandrum as well as pool accounts of various nationalised and scheduled banks and the funds are released only through bank transfer. The pool accounts have been created recently for the functioning of the online portal. The funds can be withdrawn only under the hand and seal of the Finance Secretary,” it reads.

Additionally, although the Finance Secretary is authorised to operate the bank account of CMDRF, the amount can be withdrawn or transferred only as per Government Orders issued by the Revenue Secretary.

“Government Orders regulate the amount that can be sanctioned by the District Collector, Revenue Special Secretary, Revenue Secretary, Revenue Minister and the Chief Minister. Over and above, it rests with the Council of Ministers,” it adds.

People can also file a Right To Information Act (RTI) application to get all information on CMDRF funds, which are open to audit by the Comptroller and Accountant General. The budgeting and expenditure are also subject to scrutiny by the State Legislature.

Kerala faced one of the worst disasters this century, as heavy rains lashed the state and subsequently dams had to be opened.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the Kerala Assembly on Thursday that the death toll from the floods stood at 483.

‘Parinam Manjusha’- a CBSE initiative to provide Digital marksheets in flood affected Kerala

In a bid to help flood affected students studying in CBSE affiliated schools in Kerala, CBSE had developed first-of-its-kind digital academic repository called ‘Parinam Manjusha’ which has been integrated with DigiLocker. Students whose board exam academic documents such as marksheets/ migration certificates/ pass certificates have been lost or destroyed, the board has decided to provide the same in digital form. Over 1,300 schools are affiliated to the CBSE in Kerala. The same is being provided because these documents are important for obtaining admission for higher studies, employment etc.

The digital academic documents are digitally signed using digital signature of Controller of Examinations of CBSE which make them legally valid digital document as per the IT Act. These documents are also having PKI based QR codes and they can be verified using the DigiLocker mobile app.

How to get digital academic documents from CBSE’s Academic Repository?

One needs to visit www.cbse.digitallocker.gov.in and login using their credentials provided at the time of declaration of results on their registered mobile numbers to download their academic documents.

In order to facilitate the students again, the CBSE will re-send login-id and password of Parinam Manjusha/DigiLocker pertaining to students of the year 2016-2018 on their mobile numbers provided with Class 10/12 data.

For the students of 2004-2015, students of 2016-2018 who did not provide mobile number at the time of Class 10/12 data or students who have changed their mobile numbers:

  • They can visit Parinam Manjusha website — cbse.digitallocker.gov.in and link their Aadhaar to their account and get their digital documents by providing their roll number, class and year of examination.
  • Those who don’t possess Aadhaar or don’t remember their roll number may approach their schools directly and register themselves in order to get login credentials.
  • If any student finds any variation in his/her document, he/she may contact the CBSE Regional Office Thiruvananthapuram immediately.

Support desk

If a students faces difficulty using Parinam Manjusha/DigiLocker account, they may write to support@digitallocker.gov.in with the help of their roll number, name, class and year of exam. The last date for submitting school information at the Online Affiliated School Information System (OASIS) for affiliated schools in Kerala has also been extended upto September 30, 2018.

Kerala to get additional funds: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to clear the air on the quantum of assistance available for flood-ravaged Kerala, telling Governor P. Sathasivam during a meeting that the amount announced so far was only an advance. The state would get more central funds from the National Disaster Response Fund as per laid down procedure.

According to a Raj Bhavan press release, Mr. Modi told Mr. Sathasivam, who called on him in New Delhi on Saturday, that the Central government had sanctioned ₹600 crore considering the likely delay in assessing the extent of damage suffered by the State. This was in addition to the ₹562.45 crore sanctioned for the State Disaster Management Fund. The Centre had also made available medicines, water, food and foodgrains to meet urgent needs. All this was done waiving all normal procedures, the Prime Minister pointed out.

The release said Mr. Modi had told the Governor that he had kept a close watch on the emerging situation in Kerala during the calamity. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) had also met on all days from August 16 to 21 to oversee and coordinate the rescue effort.

Senior civil and military officials had attended these meetings, as well as the Kerala Chief Secretary via video conferencing. The massive deployment of Central forces was carried out based on the assessments made at these meetings, the press note quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

Another press note from the Raj Bhavan on Monday said Chief Secretary Tom Jose had the Governor on steps being taken by the State to rehabilitate the flood-affected people. The Chief Secretary also requested the Governor to persuade the Centre to accept the assistance, if any, being offered by foreign nations including the UAE, the press note said.