Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanismai on Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure food security during the countrywide lockdown which is likely to be extended till this month-end.
During Modi’s interaction with State Chief Ministers through video conference, Palanisami requested that railway services’ should operate good services in a limited way to carry essential commodities across the country.
He also urged the Centre to tackle special assistance and also to ensure supply of four lakhs rapid testing kits that it had ordered from China.
Palaniswamiy urged Modi to to sanction an adhoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore rupees from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) immediately to procure medical and protective material to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
He also sought sanction of Rs 3,000 already requested by the state for provision of PPEs, N-95 Masks, and ventilators in sufficient numbers. He also urged sought Rs 9,000 crore grant for launching a comprehensive plan for combating COVID-19 and its aftermath on the State’s economy.
He requested Modi to ensure smooth supply of essential commodities like dhal, spices, etc., from other States through Railways and facilitate inter-State movement of these goods through lorries. He also sought a special package for agriculture and horticulture.
He asked for additional allotment of essential commodities to support workers in the unorganised sectors as well as agricultural labourers etc . He said the Centre should give a additional financial assistance for providing Rs 2,000 per family as the lockdown was going to be around for a long time.
In this connection, he said all registered street vendors, all unorganized sector labourers, construction workers, auto drivers were being given an additional Rs 1,000 and migrant labourers who are stranded in Tamil Nadu are being taken care by providing stay, free ration and cooked food.