Distribution of Covid-19 monetary relief of Rs 2,000 each to 2.07 crore rice-ration-card holders in the State began today.
The scheme was launched by Chief Minister M K Stalin on 11 May.
Stalin handed over the assistance to seven beneficiaries in a low-key function at the Secretariat to mark its commencement.
During the election, Stalin had promised that all rice-ration-card holders would be given Rs 4,000 beginning on the birth anniversary of the late former chief minister M Karunanidhi. Given the lockdown, only a part of this promised amount is being distributed to the cardholders now.
This monetary assistance will cost the government exchequer Rs 4,153.39 crore, according to sources.