About half the cheques and demand drafts (in value terms) sent to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) following the mid-August floods have been dishonoured by banks, Indian Express has reported.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a reply to an unstarred question raised by Kasargod legislator NA Nellikkunnu in the Assembly, said the CMDRF received cheques and DDs worth Rs 7.46 crore till 30 November. Of that, 395 cheques and DDs worth Rs 3.26 crore were dishonoured at banks, he said.
Nellikunnu was cited in the report as saying that many persons and organisations issued cheques to get 15 minutes of fame during the floods. “The high number of dishonoured cheques proves there were many out there vying for publicity during the floods,” Nellikkunnu said.
According to the report, the CMDRF, however, received a total of Rs 2,797.67 crore till 30 November 2018 with most of the money coming in cash. Of the total received donation, Rs 260.45 crore came through online transfer while Rs 2,537.22 crore was paid in cash, cheque and DD. On the expenditure, he said Rs 457.23 crore was spent as contingency aid during the floods.