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Bill to provide more funds to Jharkhand for drought relief

A bill to replace an ordinance to provide additional funds to Jharkhand for drought relief was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

delhi Updated: Dec 07, 2009 16:40 IST

A bill to replace an ordinance to provide additional funds to Jharkhand for drought relief was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Jharkhand Contingency Fund (Amendment) Bill 2009, introduced by Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena, aims at replacing the ordinance, which was issued to amend the Act to provide an additional Rs 350 crore for relief work in the drought-affected areas of the state.

These additional requirements could not be met from the existing budgetary provisions for 2009-10. The total requirements exceeded the corpus of Rs 150 crore available in the contingency fund of the state.

President's Rule was enforced in the state from January 19 and later extended by another six months till January 18, 2010.

"Since the Parliament was not in session and circumstances existed which rendered it necessary for temporary enhancement of the ceiling of the Jharkhand Contingency Fund from Rs 150 crore to Rs 500 crore for 2009-10 to carry out drought relief work, the Cabinet had recommended to the President to promulgate an ordinance in this regard on October 15," the Statement of Objects and Reasons said.