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Centre releases grants worth Rs 5,140 cr for local bodies of 6 states

Tamil Nadu will be the biggest beneficiary as its urban local bodies will get Rs 987.85 crore

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 431 crore and Odisha Rs 186.58 crore

To ensure that the basic services provided by local bodies are not affected amid scare, the Centre has released Rs 5,140.15 crore pending instalment of the grants to six states under the 14th that had been withheld pending local bodies elections.

"Due to #COVID2019, the local bodies have to especially focus on providing basic civic services and ensure cleanliness. The amounts to Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu have been released for urban and rural local bodies wherever applicable," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a tweet.

"The amount released totals Rs Rs 2,570.0813 crore, with Rs 940.8063 crore for rural local bodies and Rs 1,629.275 crore for urban local bodies. The amounts have already been credited to the accounts of the respective State governments. #IndiaFightsCorona," another tweet said.

Tamil Nadu will be the biggest beneficiary as its urban local bodies will get Rs 987.85 crore followed by Andhra Pradesh which will get Rs 431 crore and Odisha Rs 186.58 crore.

First Published: Sat, March 21 2020. 21:50 IST
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