The Tamil Government on Friday appealed for donation from the public for the Chief Minister’s relief fund to help it undertake relief measures for the poor affected by the 21-day lockdown in the State to combat Covid19 virus.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami said the donations could be paid online to the Government account with the Indian Overseas Bank Secretariat branch , Chennai.
The donations could be paid into the account 117201000000070, IFSC code: IOBA 000172.
Non-resident Indians could pay into IOBAINBB001, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Office, Chennai with Swift code.
Those who do not have online banking facility can post a crossed account payee cheque drawn favour of Deputy Secretary cum Treasurer , Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Finance Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, State Secretariat, Chennai-600009, Tamil Nadu, India, he said.
The Chief Minister said receipts would be issued to the donors and the names of those who give over Rs 10 lakh would be published in newspapers.
The donations would be exempt from income-tax under Sec 80G of the IT Act.
He said the Government, which earmarked Rs 60 crore to various departments to undertake measures, had specifically set apart another Rs ,3,280 crore to tackle Covid19 .
The Chief Minister has also written to the Prime Minister, seeking a matching grant from the Centre.
He said vegetable markets, including wholesale Koyambedu market in Chennai would be allowed to function from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inaugurating a control set up at the multi-speciality Government Hospital Government Hospital in the evening, the Chief Minister announced an additional 530 doctors, 1,000 nurses and over 1,500 lab technicians would be appointed to meet the emerging critical situation.