TAMIL NADU

Free rice for family cardholders till November, says CM

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami distributing welfare aid to beneficiaries in Dindigul on Thursday.G. Karthikeyan

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami distributing welfare aid to beneficiaries in Dindigul on Thursday.G. Karthikeyan  

The State government will distribute free rice to all eligible family cardholders till November, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in Dindigul on Thursday. He was here to take part in a review meeting on COVID-19.

The government had procured sufficient stocks, and there was no problem in moving them to the rations shops, he said.

According to him, the agriculture sector had not been hit by the pandemic. Farmers’ produce were moved to the markets and the Direct Procurement Centres. The industrial sector too would get relief in a step-by-step manner, Mr. Palaniswami added.

The Chief Minister earlier laid foundation stones for projects to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.69 crore in the district. He distributed welfare aid to the tune of Rs. 2.96 crore to beneficiaries. Mediapersons covering the event were earlier tested for COVID-19.

Dindigul Collector M. Vijayalakshmi presided over the meeting, in which Forests Minister Dindigul C. Srinivasan was a participant.

Beds readied

Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar on Thursday said that 1.18 lakh beds had been readied across the State to treat COVID-19 patients.

The State government was creating additional facilities in government medical college hospitals, district headquarters hospitals and taluk hospitals for treating the infected, he said.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting the Government Hospital in Viralimalai, Pudukottai district, he said the Centre had appreciated the measures taken by Tamil Nadu to curb the spread of the infection.

The Minister was accompanied by Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, Pudukottai District Collector P. Uma Maheswari and officials.

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