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Increase COVID assistance to TN: CM tells PM Modi during review meet

To tackle the coronavirus pandemic in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the assistance to ₹3,000 crore under a package and sought a ₹1,000 crore adhoc grant.

Taking part in a virtual meet chaired by Mr. Modi to review the COVID-19 situation, he also thanked the Prime Minister for enacting three “pro-farmers legislations, which would go a long way in bringing stability to the agriculture sector.”

“Agriculture activities, food processing and other industries are almost back to full operation throughout the State,” he said.

The State has received ₹511.64 crore from the Centre in two tranches under the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness package out of an envelope of ₹712.64 crore allotted to it, the Chief Minister said.

“I request this package for Tamil Nadu may be stepped up to ₹3,000 crore as per my earlier request. This will help us to further strengthen our health infrastructure,” he told Mr. Modi.

Noting that Tamil Nadu has fully exhausted the State Disaster Response and Mitigation Fund, the Chief Minister requested an adhoc grant of ₹1,000 crore from the National Disaster Response Force funds immediately to fight the pandemic.

“Releasing pending Custom Milled Rice (CMR) subsidy of ₹1,321 crore at this time, will facilitate paddy procurement,” an official release quoted him as having said at the meeting.

Mr. Modi reviewed the COVID-19 pandemic situation with Chief Ministers and other representatives of seven high-caseload States (Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab) through video-conference. – PTI