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Kerala Government Announces Rs. 20,000 Crore COVID Package, Rs. 1,500 Crore For Free Vaccination

Presenting the budget and vote on account in the assembly, Finance Minister K N Balagopal said the government was compelled to adopt a firm stance, “health first” or “health above all” as its vision for development in the present circumstances amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Kerala Government Announces Rs. 20,000 Crore COVID Package, Rs. 1,500 Crore For Free Vaccination
Highlights
  • Kerala announced a second financial package to fight COVID
  • In the early days of COVID also, a package of Rs 20,000 crore was announced
  • Kerala government aims to build a 10-bed isolation ward in all hospitals

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal on Friday (June 4) announced a second COVID-19 financial package of Rs 20,000 crore in his maiden budget of the new Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. “In the early days of the pandemic, a COVID package of Rs 20,000 crore was announced to help those affected by COVID restrictions, including lockdowns, especially workers. In the wake of the second wave, the second COVID package of Rs 20,000 crore is being announced to address the emerging health, social and economic challenges. The package provides Rs 2,800 crore for health emergencies, Rs 8,900 crore for direct disbursement to people, and Rs 8300 crore for various loans and interest subsidies aimed at financial revival,” said Mr Balagopal.

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He also announced Rs 1500 crore for procuring vaccines for those above 18 years of age.

The Central Government is withdrawing from the obligation to vaccinate persons above 18 years of age. But the state government cannot shirk its primary responsibility. Therefore, I set apart Rs 1000 crore for the purchase of free vaccine for all those above 18 years of age and Rs 500 crore for the purchase of allied equipment. A flawless system will be planned for the distribution of the vaccine, said Finance Minister.

Some other announcements related to the health sector include Rs 50 crore for special isolation block for infectious diseases in all Medical Colleges, a 10-bed isolation ward in all hospitals, and special pediatric ICUs in hospitals. In the agricultural sector, the Finance Minister promised infrastructure refinancing from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to Primary Co-operative Societies (PACS) at a 4 per cent interest rate to be made available through Kerala Bank.

The aim is to provide loans of Rs 2,000 crore in the financial year 2021-22. The government will also provide low-interest rate loans for new ventures in the agro-industrial and service sectors, for the revival of existing dormant enterprises, and for a new commercial. The target is to provide loans of Rs 1600 crore by 2021-22, Mr Balagopal said.

He further stated that Rs 1000 crore credit will be provided to Kudumbashree self-help groups through bank loans during the financial year 2021-22.

All loans up to Rs 5 lakh will be available at 4 per cent interest. An amount of Rs 100 crore is set apart for bearing the interest on subsidised loan schemes, said the state Finance Minister.

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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