Want to join us in supporting a good cause? We (Susquehanna Malayalee Association (SMA), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) are raising money for Kerala Flood Relief Fund and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. All the collected funds will be transferred securely to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).
Payment Option #1 :: Donate online - Using Facebook
Payment Option #2 :: Donate online - Using PayPal
Send money to email@example.com (Select "Send money to friends and family" and pay from your bank account to avoid fee)
Payment Option #3 :: Check Payment
Pay to "SMA Harrisburg" and Send your check to below address.
Susquehanna Malayalee Association
600 North 2nd Street Suite 401
Harrisburg, PA 17101 USA
Thank you for your support.
Susquehanna Malayalee Association (SMA)
US 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Phone: (210) 589-6753 | (717) 425-0930
SMA's fundraiser for Kerala Flood Relief #RebuildKerala. Collection report as of 09/16 @ 7 am.
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Kerala is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc. The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. Many lives were lost. Hundreds of homes were totally destroyed and many more were damaged. For the first time in history, 27 dams in the State had to be opened. Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale. In the fight against the flood, we have braved the odds.
Now it is our duty to help the affected rebuild their lives. The path to recovery can be long & arduous, but you can make a difference by joining the rebuilding efforts. Contribute generously to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.
2nd worst flood after 1924 | 13 out of the 14 districts severely affected | 23 bridges collapsed | 35 dams opened | 300 lives lost | 211+ landslides | 50000+ houses damaged | 10197 km of PWD roads damaged, 60000 KM of LSG roads damaged | 4000 transformers, 17 substations shutdown to avoid accidents | 30000 hectre agricultural loss amounting 770 Crore, 2 lakh farmers affected | Nedumbassery Air port closed | 23 helicopters for rescue operations | 100 + teams of Army Navy, coast guard and NDRF | 2.25 lakh people rescued | 1568 rescue camps running.
The Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) - Transparency
The Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) in Kerala is fully administered over an electronic platform. .
1. The fund is operated by the Government Principal Secretary (Finance) who is a senior I.A.S officer. Presently Sri. Manoj Joshi IAS is the Finance Secretary. 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.
2. Though the fund is operated by the Finance Secretary, the CMDRF is administered by the Revenue (DRF) department in Government. This would mean that the Finance Secretary who is authorized to operate the bank account of CMDRF could not withdraw /transfer the money at his or his department's whims and fancy. This is possible only as per a Government Orders issued by Revenue Secretary.
3. The financial delegation available to each tier/ officer involved in CMDRF administration is also fixed by Government orders. 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.
4. Now CMDRF is totally web managed and it has become so transparent.. Transfers to the end beneficiary is done through Direct Bank Transfer system.
5. Right To Information Act (RTI) is applicable to CMDRF and the people are entitled to get all information on it. CMDRF funds are open to audit by the Comptroller and Accountant General and the budgeting and expenditure is subject to scrutiny by the State Legislature.
WHAT ELSE IS MORE TRANSPARENT, RELIABLE THAN THIS?