• Free ration and grocery kits to all ration card holders (88 lakh families) twice, in April and July.
  • Community kitchens opened by local bodies and Kudumbashree. Food provided free-of-cost to those in home quarantine as well as to the public on call.
  • All welfare pensions provided in two tranches in April and July. More than 50 lakh beneficiaries across various categories. Allocation of ₹1000 each through welfare boards to 11 lakh members. One-time payment of ₹1000 to the deserving, who are not part of any pension scheme.
  • An amount of ₹58.5 crores allocated to NORKA (Department for Non Resident Keralites Affairs) for a payment of ₹5000 each to expats who have lost their jobs or are unable to return to various countries.
  • Upto 50% reduction in the additional power charge incurred by the households during the lockdown period.
  • Moratorium on all pending taxes, rents and dues for shops and buildings owned by local bodies. Tax concession of one third of quarterly tax payable by private bus owners (Around ₹10,000 concession per bus). Tax payment deadline extended.
  • Remuneration of National Health Mission employees, on contract and daily basis, increased. Risk allowance of 25% for nurses and other health workers. Additional expense of 22.68 crores per month under this head.

Healthcare facilities

Covid hospitals- 29 (All Govt)

Private hospitals willing to admit Covid patients- 70

Covid beds (Govt)- 8775

ICU beds- 871

Ventilators- 532

Covid beds (private hospitals):- 3400

ICU beds- 176

HDU beds- 129

ICU+ventilators- 66

Covid First Line Treatment Centres

Number of CFLTC beds- 17782

Total number of testing facilities – 126

  *Government -27

  *Private – 99


Following Government negotiations with private hospitals, per-day charges for treatment in private hospitals fixed at Rs 2,300 in general ward, ₹6,500 in ICU and ₹11,500 in Ventilator ICU


(Inputs from S.R. Praveen and C. Maya)

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