Tamilnadu Chief Minister MK Stalin held a discussion with state Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan and officials of Finance Department to review the financial condition of the state on Monday.
“The state government is set to distribute remaining Rs 2,000 to all the rice ration cardholders of the Rs 4,000 from the first week of June along with a special kit containing 13 items. More than Rs 4,500 crore is required to implement the schemes and Chief Minister discussed the financial position of the state with the Minister and officials,” said sources in Secretariat.
Soon after taking charge as Chief Minister, Stalin announced that state government would disburse Rs 4,000 as COVID relief to all ration cardholders (rice) in two phases. The first phase was completed in May and second phase was scheduled in June with Rs 2,000 in each phases. In the first phase, 98.4 per cent of rice card beneficiaries were given Rs 2,000 and those who could not receive the amount either due to lockdown or who have changed their residential address would be allowed to receive in June, official sources said.
The state is planning to commence the distribution of second phase of COVID relief on the birth anniversary of former DMK supremo M Karunanidhi. On the same day, the state government is also planning to distribute the special kit to all ration cardholders.