Amid coronavirus outbreak, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking financial assistance from the Centre.
Thackeray asked PM Modi to release the first installment of the central share of the SDRF and also asked him to urge banks to defer due instalments in the first quarter of the current financial year without interest.
“The first installment of the central share of the SDRF may be released to the state to tide over the financial situation during the current financial year,” Thackeray wrote in his letter.
Requesting the Centre to extend a helping hand to startups, small and medium scale enterprises and various businesses which took loans under different schemes launched by the government the Maharashtra CM urged the Modi government to request banks to defer due instalments in the first quarter of the current financial year without interest. “This is akin to force majeure for business relationships between these entrepreneurs and banks,” the letter said.
He also requested the Prime Minister to notify the pandemic in the state as a natural calamity so that the state can access funds from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
Maharashtra on Thursday reports 61,695 new coronavirus cases, 53,335 recoveries and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department. India recorded 200,739 fresh Covid cases and 1,037 deaths in the last 24 hrs.