Telangana begins distribution of financial assistance to 74 lakh people

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Telangana government has on Tuesday (April 14) started crediting Rs.1, 500  to 74 lakh million bank accounts of people, who need support for survival during the nationwide lockdown on account of coronavirus pandemic.

State Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said that the government had transferred a total of Rs.1, 112 crores to the banks in this connection. Rao, who is also the working president of the ruling party TRS, said that more than three lakh tonnes of free rice has been distributed to 87 per cent of the 76 lakh beneficiaries in the state, a Business Standard report said.

The assistance is in accordance with the assurance Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao’s assurance that each of the nearly 8.8 million food security cardholders in the state would be given 12 kg of rice and each of these families would be given one-time support of Rs 1,500 to meet expenditure on other essential commodities.

Meanwhile, Congress' Telangana unit president and Lok Sabha MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy said a meeting of all opposition parties would be convened on April 15 to discuss the coronavirus situation in the state and to review the measures taken by the government.

Addressing reporters after a meeting of 'TPCC Task Force on Covid-19', Reddy claimed that the situation would have been much better had the BJP government at Centre and TRS dispensation in Telangana acted on time.

He alleged that there was a huge delay and several discrepancies in the distribution of free rice among poor families.

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