As the Southern state Kerala battled the fury of floods, people across the country and world came forward to provide help in every possible way they could, be it the volunteering support or the monetary and relief aid.
To help streamline this outpouring of help, the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) was set up, which has proved to be a lifesaver as the portal collected Rs 714 crore in just 14 days. Nearly 3.91 lakh people have reportedly extended their generous aid to the cause since August 14. The amount is almost 20 per cent higher than the ‘Rs 600 crore’ that was allocated by the central government under flood relief fund.
The citizens are thankful to the spirit of people who braved the floods. The victims still recovering from the trauma thank every person from across the globe who stood by the state in its darkest hour. Many say that this is first time that Kerala has witnessed such a massive flow of financial aid flowing in from individuals and collectives across the globe.
According to The Times of India, Rs 132.62 crore was transferred to the portal through banks, and UPIs linked with the CMDRF gateway. PayTM and similar online money transfer apps paved the way for about Rs 43 crore to come through. Also, the CMDRF’s account with State Bank of India also ended up receiving deposits worth Rs 518.24 crore.
As for tangible entities, it is reported that the chief minister’s office has received cash, checks and bank drafts worth Rs 20 crore for the relief fund. The government offices also received monetary aid during holidays, but are yet to assess this amount.