Chennai, Mar 24 (GCCurrentAffairs) With Tamil Nadu all set for a total lockdown till March 31 to tackle the spread of coronavirus, Chief Miniser Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced a Rs 3,280 crore relief package to various sections of the people, including Rs 1,000 to every ration card holder in the state.
Making a Statement Under Rule 100 in the State Assembly, along with Rs 1,000, free rice, sugar,
cooking oil and dhal would be given to all the cardholders for the month of April.
With a view to avoid crowding in fair price shops, token system would be introduced to distribute the
relief package to the cardholders on the notified dates.
Those who missed purchasing ration items in the month of March, could get them in April also,
Mr Palaniswami said.
He said since the lockdown under Sec 144 of CrPc would come into force in the state from this evening,
various sections of the people including daily wage labourers, auto and taxi drivers, construction and
unorganised sector workers, roadside vendors would be affected.
‘Considering their difficulties, the government decided to provide a Rs 3,280 crore special relief package for
them’, he added.
Accordingly, families of construction workers and auto drivers registered with the welfare boards would be
given Rs 1,000, 15 kg rice and one kg each of dhal and cooking oil.
He said migrant construction and unorganised sector workers would be identified by district collectors and
labour board and would be given 15 kg rice and one kg each of dhal and cooking oil.
For registered roadside vendors, a special assistance of Rs 1,000 would be given in addition to the Rs 1,000
through the fair price shops, the Chief Minister said, while announcing two days special wages for MNREGA
workers for the month of March.
Stating that quality food would be supplied continuously at Amma subsidised canteens, he also announced setting up of kitchens to provide food for destitutes across the State and necessary instructions were given to the
district collectors in this regard.