TN govt orders shut down, to give rice & wages to poor
Tamil Nadu

TN govt orders shut down, to give rice & wages to poor

S Murari

The Tamil Nadu, March 23, 2020 : Government on Monday announced that there would be a total shutdown in the entire State from 6 pm on Tuesday till March 31 during which public and private transport services, including cars, cabs and even two-wheelers will be halted, all schools will be shut, only essential services will be maintained and workers in government and private sectors will be paid wages.

These draconian measures will come into force from 6 pm on Tuesday and will be in force till March 31 to combat the deadly Covid-19 virus.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami who had earlier in the day told the State Assembly that prohibitory orders under Sec 144 of the Cr.P.C will be enforced till the month end, announced a slew of measures to soften the blow on daily wagers and other poor sections by saying that they would be given rice free for one month with each member of a family getting 12.5 kg.

Besides, each poor family would get cash support of Rs 1,500.

Wages of even contract labourers in construction and other sectors as well as industrial workers would be protected. All employees in public and private sector companies would be paid wages during the lockdown period.

All inter-State borders would be sealed except for essential services. Besides, intra-State transport would also be halted. Already the railways have stopped all train services, including suburban services.

In view of the prohibitory order in force, only one member of a household would be allowed to step out to buy daily needs.

Except for essential staff, all other government employees would be asked to work from home and only 20 per cent would be allowed to work on a roster basis. Likewise, only emergency services will be available in Government Hospitals.

He said angawadicentres would be closed, but children would be fed at home while pregnant women would be given nutrition and medical support.

Advising the people to stay safe at home, the Chief Minister said police would take action under the Epidemic Act of 1897 against violators of rules.