CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has received Rs 83.52 crore from PM CARES Fund to strengthen the existing measures being taken for the welfare of guest workers.
The state government on Monday sanctioned Rs 41.32 crore from the fund to all districts, including the Greater Chennai Corporation, towards accommodation facilities, food arrangements, medical treatment and transport arrangements for the workers, said a government order.
The Greater Chennai Corporation received the maximum of Rs 13.31 crore, followed by Tiruvallur (Rs 6.68 crore), Tirupur (Rs 4.41 crore), Coimbatore (Rs 2.76 crore) and Erode (Rs 1.61 crore) districts.
Krishnagiri and Madurai districts were sanctioned Rs 1.48 crore and 1.41 crore respectively.
The Union home ministry in May informed the states that assistance of Rs 1,000 crore will be given to the states and Union territories from PM-CARES Fund. The amount will be distributed through the National Disaster Management Authority to a dedicated separate bank account to be opened by the state disaster management agencies for further distribution to district collectors/municipal commissioners.
After a separate bank account was opened, a sum of Rs 39.74 crore under the first instalment and Rs 43.77 crore as the second instalment had been received by the state government, the order said.
The central fund is released based on the weightage of population of the state as per 2011 census, number of Covid-19 cases and equal share for all states/Union territories to ensure basic minimum amount for all the states.
The PM CARES Fund Trust was set up on March 27, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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