The ‘Chief Minister’s Scheme for Public Emergency (CMSPE),’ a first-of-its-kind scheme in the state, has been introduced to accelerate the allocation of money to meet emergency situations without delay.
A Notification to this effect was recently issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Further, it should be noted that on April 20, a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma approved this scheme in light of the delays previously experienced in authorizing and releasing funds to provide help in various situations.
It had been brought to the Chief Minister’s attention that there was no fund in the state to deal with such instances.
CMSPE will be implemented by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat
The CMSPE will be implemented by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, and the funds allocated to the program will be sanctioned only with the Chief Minister’s permission.
The CMSPE will be using cash from the State Budget allocated to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat as the Chief Minister’s grant for public emergencies.
After getting the Finance Department’s approval, the total allocated cash under the program would be pulled through the ceiling method and kept in a savings bank account of a Public Sector bank that will be controlled by the Chief Minister.
However, the interest gained will be repaid to the government exchequer at the end of each fiscal year.
The funds under this program will be used to claim damages from conflict, natural calamities, and accidents where a regular budget is not available, according to the Notification.
The CMSPE fund will also provide infrastructure support to social, cultural, and academic institutions that are not covered by the state government’s normal schemes.
Furthermore, the fund will also be used to provide monetary awards for exceptional service by an individual or a public servant, as well as to provide financial support to icons associated with sports, culture, and academia, such as individuals who bring laurels to the state, and various organizations for various workshops, seminars, and festivals.