The Tamil Nadu Government has requested the Union Government for special assistance of Rs 4,000 crore to deal with Coronavirus (Covid-19) points.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami urged him to contemplate his request for the assistance and different aid measures and help the varied initiatives and programmes introduced by the state to deal with the pandemic. He added that the state was taking huge preventive operations and striving to alleviate the hardship of the poor.

Congratulating the Prime Minister for the “bold and decisive measures” he has taken to fight Covid-19 and and all Indians from the lethal virus, he stated Tamil Nadu had already applied a lockdown beginning 6 p.m. on March 24, whereas guaranteeing availability of important items and companies.

He stated his authorities had introduced a bundle to strengthen the well being infrastructure within the state, below which 10,000 beds had been earmarked in isolation wards each in Government and personal hospitals to deal with COVID-19 sufferers. The state scaled up procurement of requisite medical gear similar to ventilators, hospital beds and PPE, medication and medicines and deployment of well being human sources.

Tamil Nadu is susceptible to this virus, due to the big variety of worldwide passengers who transit by the 4 worldwide airports and 4 main ports within the State. It additionally adjoins States the place the outbreak has been initially extra extreme.

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“Hence, while immediate measures have been taken, we will need to prepare for a significantly higher case load in the coming weeks and months. Substantially more resources are needed to face the projected number of cases effectively, including through the establishment of isolation hospitals, quarantine centres, supply of hospital equipment including hospital beds, ventilators and PPE, medicines and testing kits and disinfection equipment and chemicals,” Palaniswami’s letter stated.

“Further, private hospitals also would need to be equipped and their services utilised to treat patients free of cost. Extensive sanitation and disinfection measures would need to be undertaken. Hence I request an allotment of Rs 3,000 crore for augmenting and strengthening the health infrastructure and for essential equipment, medicines and for preventive public health measures at this crucial juncture,” stated the Chief Minister.

Further, the 21-day lockdown will add to the massive pressure that the state economic system has been put below. Tamil Nadu introduced an instantaneous aid bundle of Rs 3,280 crore, together with provide of free ration commodities for the month of April and Rs 1,000 per household for wage loss.

Now that the lockdown shall be prolonged by two extra weeks, the impression on the poorest and each day wage staff would be the most as they face an instantaneous lack of livelihood and have very restricted financial savings to face the adversity, Palaniswami asserted. Further, many companies, particularly the MSMEs are additionally dealing with a really troublesome state of affairs and will collapse with out enough and well timed help. “We eagerly await the announcement of the economic and financial relief package,” stated Palaniswami.

“In this unprecedented situation, the government’s revenues have also taken a hit and the expenditure needs have risen considerably. Hence, as a one-time measure, I request that the fiscal deficit limits of 3 per cent of GSDP may be relaxed for the financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21. Further, additional borrowing of 33 per cent above the level permitted for the fiscal year 2019-20 may be allowed for 2020-21 to enable the States to meet the additional expenditure requirements,” stated the Chief Minister.

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