Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan launched 100-day action plan; free food kit supply to be continued till December

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 Vijayan said that adequate employees would be appointed in the health sector in 100 days and the PHCs would be upgraded to family health centres

Keeping an eye on the Assembly elections next year in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday rolled out a 100-day action plan aiming to provide relief to the people who faced hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Talking to media persons in the state capital on the eve of Thiruvonam, he said that the free food kits introduced for Onam festival would continue till December this year and the beneficiaries could collect them from the ration shops (PDS shops).

Vijayan said that about 88 lakhs food kits have been distributed during the Onam festival.

Announcing welfare measures for various section of people, the chief minister announced a hike of Rs 100 in social security pensions per month.

Recalling good rule of Mahabali, Vijayan said that it is believed that there was a time when all the people lived as one.

"We can still create such a time in which all the people live happily and it is possible only through hardwork," he said.

The Kerala chief minister said that he asked the Centre to extend the loan morotarioum period, which ended in August.

Vijayan said that adequate employees would be appointed in the health sector in 100 days adding 50,000 COVID-19 tests would be conducted per day.

The chief minister said primary health centres would be upgraded as family health centres as part of the action plan.

"A total of 153 family health centres will be inaugurated in 100 days," he said here.

Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 2,154 COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Of the total cases, 1,962 patients contracted the virus through contacts. As many as 1,766 recovered in the past 24 hours, the chief minister said.

Kerala has been witnessing a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases for the past several days and the total positive cases touched 71,700 so far. A total of 280 patients succumbed to the disease till Saturday.

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