Decision on extension of lockdown in TN today after CM’s meeting with Collectors

A crucial decision on whether to extend or not the ongoing Covid-19 induced lockdown will be taken today after a meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami would chair with District Collectors via video conferencing.

Palaniswami is expected to finalise a decision on the extension of the lockdown based on the inputs from District Collectors and to know the arrangements to be taken to control the spread of the coronavirus in the State.

According to reports, lockdown with relaxations, currently in force across Tamil Nadu, is likely to continue until August-end. While further relaxations could be considered, the ban on public transport as well as malls and cinema halls will remain in force.

The Chief Minister has launched commercial operations of 11 industrial projects, for which MoUs were signed in GIM 2015 and 2019, and laid foundation stones for eight other projects.

At a function held at the State Secretariat, Mr Palaniswami laid the foundation stone for eight new projects involving an investment of Rs 2,368 crore and generate 24,870 jobs, and launched commercial operations of 11 other projects worth Rs 3,185 crore investments and offering 6,955 jobs.

He laid the foundation stone for five of the eight projects directly, while for the remaining three he did it through video-conferencing.

An official release said at a time when the world economy has taken a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was slowly recovering from this critical situation, the State government, in a bid to upgrade the industrial development and to make Tamil Nadu the leading state in industry, has been taking various steps.