Food and Civil supplies Minister R Sakkarapani on Saturday launched the distribution scheme as part of the COVID relief fund, in which the first tranche of Rs 2,000 was given to family cardholders in Coimbatore.
Speaking then, he said, “Chief Minister MK Stalin said in his election promise that Rs 4,000 would be given to family cardholders. Accordingly, the Chief Minister first signed the relevant files on May 7, the very first day of the regime.” He said that the Chief Minister has ordered the immediate release of Rs 2,000 in the first instalment as corona impact is high at present, while the actual plan was to release the fund on June 3.
Accordingly, 2 crore and 7 lakh 66 thousand family cardholders are provided in Tamil Nadu. Rs 4,153 crores has been allocated for this. For a total of 10 lakh 18 thousand 637 beneficiaries in Coimbatore district, Rs 203.73 crores has been allocated and the first instalment of Rs 2,000 is being distributed. “In Coimbatore, through 163 co-operative societies, 1,126 fair price shops, 54 fair price shops under the Tamil Nadu Consumer Goods Corporation and 103 fair price shops run by women’s self-help groups, 1,401 fair price shops will be involved in the distribution of this fund,” the minister added.
He further said that tokens for this were issued from May 10 to May 13. He also said that the relief fund would be provided to only 200 people per shop per day and planned to provide it for 50 beneficiaries in an hour.