Coronavirus: Kerala announces special economic package to overcome financial crisis
Thiruvananthapuram: A special economic package has been announced by the government to overcome the financial crisis the state is facing amid coronavirus outbreak. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced a package of Rs 20,000 crore to meet the crunch.
- Loans worth Rs 2000 crore will be made available for families in April-May months via Kudumbashree.
- Rural employment guarantee projects worth Rs 1000 crore will be provided in April and May.
- The social security pension to be disbursed in April will be given this month. Rs 1320 core has been kept aside for it. More than 50 lakh persons are availing the pension.
- Rs 1000 will be given to families under BPL, Antyodaya schemes who doesn’t avail social security pension. Rs 100 crore will be used for this.
- Rs 100 crore will be used to provide one month’s ration of 10 kilos for all families with no difference of BPL and APL.
- 1000 hotels would be opened in April which provide food for Rs 20. Rs 50 crore has been kept aside for this.
- Rs 500 crore will be used for health packages.
- Rs 14,000 crore will be used to pay off loan dues.
- Concession will be given on fitness charge for autorickshaw and taxi owners. Tax concession for buses. Rs 23.60 crore will be used for it.
One month’s time will be given to pay water and electricity bills.
Theaters will be given concession in entertainment tax.
CM also said that chances of community transmission of COVID-19 can’t be ignored. If a situation arise, defence ministry has extended help. Army hospitals will help and barracks can be turned COVID-19 care centres.
There are no worries relating to exams. No need to stop examinations, he added.