Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami announced in the State Assembly on Tuesday that the Government would give cash relief of Rs 1000 to all ration holders in a bid to mitigate the suffering that would be caused by long lockdown till month-end.
It was a follow-up to the series of measures he announced hours before the prohibitory orders under Sec 144 came into effect from 6 pm and which will be in force till March 31 as part of the battle against the spread of Covid19 virus.
The Chief Minister said that in addition to cash of Rs 1000, the card-holders would also be allowed to draw their April quota of free rice, dhal, edible oil and sugar.
To avoid crowding of ration shops, the users would be given tokens so that they could draw their quota of ration on specified days. Those who had drawn their ration for March could avail it along with their April quota.
Besides construction workers and auto drivers who are in welfare associations for them would be given Rs 1000, 15 kg of rice, one kg dhal and one kg edible oil per family. This relief would also be given to migrant workers from other States working in construction and other unorganised sectors.
To help daily wagers and the homeless, community kitchens would be opened in each district where food would be supplied to the,. This would be in addition to Amma canteens which serve their needs so that no went hungry in this State, the Chief Minister said. This would cover the platform dwellers and other destitute also. Registered street hawkers would be given Rs 1000 under the PDS plus another Rs 1000 as special assistance.
Those covered by the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme would be given additional two days wages this month, he said.
While detailing the steps taken on Monday, the Chief Minister said doctors and nurses would be given special one month wages as a bonus in appreciation of their relentless battle against the rampaging virus.