Tamil Nadu state accuses central govt of prejudice

Compiled by Rahimy Rahim, C. Aruno and R. Aravinthan

OPPOSITION parties in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu have accused the central government of being biased in allocating Covid-19 funds, Makkal Osai reported.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. K. Stalin said that Tamil Nadu had the second highest number of infections in the country after Maharashtra state.

However, the state which has more than 600 confirmed cases, received less allocation than Uttar Pradesh which has about half the number of cases.

Tamil Nadu (population 67 million) received about Rs.5.1bil (about RM290mil) to battle the virus while Uttar Pradesh (population 207 million) had been allocated Rs.9.6bil (RM546mil).

Stalin questioned whether this discrepancy in allocation is due to the fact that the south Indian state is not part of the BJP ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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