PM hails TN for Covid management, CM demands more funds from Centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his interaction with Chief Ministers on Wednesday, said that the State of Tamil Nadu has come up as an example worth emulating, with its strategy of large scale testing and tracing, which has resulted in stabilization and reductions of daily cases.

He noted that greater focus on reducing case fatality rate is needed in 7 districts of the State. He said that for telemedicine, the State has made good use of the e-Sanjeevani application, and added that the experience of Tamil Nadu will definitely prove beneficial for other States as well.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step up the Emergency Response and Health Systems
Preparedness Package to Rs 3,000 crore to strengthen the health infrastructure during this time of corona pandemic.

Palaniswami also urged Modi to sanction an adhoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) immediately to fight the pandemic as the SDRMF Fund was fully exhausted by the State.

In his address at the meeting of Chief Ministers organised by Modi via video-conferencing to review the corona  pandemic situation, he said the state government had received Rs 511.64 crore from the Centre in two tranches under the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness package out of an envelope of Rs 712.64 crore allotted to
the State.

‘As we have fully exhausted the State Disaster Response and Mitigation Fund, I also request an ad-hoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore from NDRF immediately to fight the pandemic”, he said, while seeking release of pending CMR subsidy of Rs 1,321 crore at this time to facilitate paddy procurement.

“Tamil Nadu presently has 176 labs for COVID testing, with 66 Government and 110 private labs, with an average testing capacity of 85,000 RT-PCR tests per day”, he said.