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50,000 coronavirus tests per day, a hike of Rs. 100 in social security pensions per month and distribution of free food kits for the ration cardholders are some of the plans announced by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday announced a 100-day action plan for mitigating the sufferings faced by the people due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While addressing a press conference on Sunday, the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced a hike of Rs. 100 in social security pensions per month and distribution of free food kits for the ration cardholders in the state for four more months.
He also promised to appoint adequate staff in the health sector in 100 days and conduct 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day in the state.
Emphasizing the need to give a boost to the state’s health sector, he said that primary health centers will be upgraded as the family health centers as a part of this action plan.
A total of 153 family health centers will be inaugurated in 100 days as announced by the Chief Minister of Kerala.
Kerala has been recording a steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases for the past several days with the tally reaching with the total count reaching 71,700 and the death toll also reaching 280 in the state.
Pinarayi Vijayan also announced 100 projects in the state that will be completed in 100 days. These projects are all set to boost the socio-economic status of the state.
The Chief Minister declared that as a part of the food security program in the State, the distribution of the much praised food kits would be distributed for four more months.
The grocery kits will be distributed through the ration shops which would directly benefit 88 lakh ration holders in the state.
The CM also mentioned that since it came into power it has gradually increased the pension from Rs. 600 to Rs. 1300. The number of beneficiaries has also increased from 35 lakhs to 58 lakhs in the state.
The Chief Minister added that 150 new courses will be allotted in the government colleges across the state.
10 new dialysis centers, nine scanning centers, three cath labs and two modern cancer treatment facilities will be completed in the state.
The performance of this 100 day action plan will be monitored frequently at all levels and the Chief Minister assured that the projects would be completed on time.
By Gayatri Yellayi