The Tamil Nadu government has announced the measures towards providing economic relief for the people as the state has been going through unprecedented lockdown, which is a part of the preventive measure to curb the spread of the Coronavirus within its territory.
While addressing the last day of the assembly session on Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami rolled out the announcements of the economic relief worth of Rs 3,280 crore for the state people. According to his announcements, all family ration cardholders would be awarded Rs 1000 as relief during the lockdown period and they will also be provided with their share of rice, cooking oil, pulses, and sugar with free of cost and the Chief Minister stated that these reliefs would be provided using a token system with the view of avoiding the crowds at the Public Distribution Centers.
These economic measures have come amid the preventive measures installed by the government and hours ahead of the statewide curfew under section 144. The Chief Minister said that the cardholders who hadn't availed their provision and supply for March month can avail along with April month's provision.
While most of the shops and restaurants would be closed till March 31st, the Chief Minister affirmed that the government established 'Amma Unavagam' would be functioning normally by considering the daily wage workers and the homeless people would be receiving hygiene food in these canteens and the Chennai Corporation and the district collectors would be installing Centralised kitchens concerning this development of providing food.
The announcement had economic relief for the registered platform vendors, construction workers, and daily laborers. In his announcement, the Chief Minister stated that the construction workers and the auto drivers who are registered under the Drivers' Welfare Association will be receiving Rs 1000 per family along with 15 kilograms of rice, one kilo of pulse, and one liter of the cooking oil at free of cost and the Anganwadis in the state would provide food directly to the elder people while the registered platform vendors will be given with Rs 1000 as an additional relief.
The people who are employed under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) would be provided with additional wages for two days as special wages for March month. The state of Tamil Nadu will be going through the complete lockdown until March 31st, 2020 with the view of containing and combating the spread of the Coronavirus, which has been labeled as a global pandemic. On Monday, the state government has imposed section 144 curfew across the state and the curfew would come into effect at 6 pm on Tuesday and adding to that, the state has already closed all the establishments apart from the essential services and the borders of all the districts would be closed as part of the embargo. The Chief Minister has appealed to the people to avoid unnecessary travels and to maintain social distancing by staying at home. As of Tuesday, the virus has infected 12 people in the state.