Tamil Nadu: Unemployment rates on decline, investments worth Rs 31,464 cr inked during pandemic, says CM Palaniswami

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Palaniswami said that his government inked pacts worth Rs 31,464 crore for 42 new projects during pandemic and lockdowns and it would create job opportunities to about 70,000 people

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said that joblessness is on the decline mode and the state is recovering from the economic impact inflicted by COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdowns.

In a District Collectors' meeting through video conference, Palaniswami said that the state government inked pacts worth Rs 31,464 crore for 42 new projects, which would create job opportunities to about 70,000 people, during the pandemic and lockdowns.

Saying that the state attracted the most investments between April and June this year, the chief minister said that welfare schemes of the government reached the people during the pandemic crisis and that helped them get rid of the economic crisis.

Palaniswami said that paddy procurement this year has gone up to 30 lakh metric tonne from the previous years’ 23 lakh metric tonne

Appreciating the health workers for their tireless work, the chief minister the state managed to control the disease following concerted efforts taken by district collectors and frontline workers.

“The infection could be brought under control only if people extend full support to the measures taken by the government. Even as the national GDP remains at four percent, it stands at 8 percent in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Palaniswami said that the state government spent Rs 7,162 crore for preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection, treatment and relief works.

He further said that 58,840 beds are ready in COVID-19 hospitals in the state levels and 77,223 beds have been arranged in special COVID-19 care centres.

Palaniswami said the State has the highest number of labs (146) in the country and so far, the RTPCR test has been conducted for 45.73 lakh persons, and around 75,000 samples were being tested per day.

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