Mumbai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu has received Rs 512.64 crore from the Center in 2 installments under the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness.
Palaniswami said, “We have received Rs 512.64 crore from the center in 2 trenches under the Emergency Response Health System. This is one of the Rs 712.64 crore allocated to the state. I request this package may be stepped up to Rs 3,000 crore as my earlier request.”
“Tamil Nadu may be allocated a special grant of Rs 9,000 crore to deal with COVID-19 for the shortfall and its impact on the state’s economy. GST compensation for April-June, 2020 may be released early,” he added.
The central government announced an investment of Rs 15,000 crore for the ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Readiness Package’ in April.
The Center had said that the funds sanctioned will be used for immediate COVID-19 emergency response (amounting to Rs 7774 crore) and medium-term support (1-4 years).
The Chief Minister further said that he has immediately requested an ad-hoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore from NDRF to fight the epidemic.
“As we have already completely exhausted the state disaster response and mitigation fund, I immediately request an ad-hoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore from the NDRF to fight the Pandemic. Releasing pending CMR subsidy of Rs 1,321 crore at this time will facilitate paddy procurement,” he said.
Tamil Nadu, the second state affected by the epidemic, recorded 5,914 new cases and 114 deaths on Monday. The total number of cases in the state now stands at 3,02,815, including 53,009 active cases, 2,44,675 discharged patients, and 5,041 deaths.
PM Modi on Tuesday held a video conference with Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, to discuss corona related situations.