TN CM to decide on extension of lockdown today

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will take a call on extension of lockdown today, after holding discussions with health experts, senior Ministers and higher officials in the Secretariat.

Lockdown is likely to be extended for one more month to control the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, but more relaxations can be expected, sources said.

Tamil Nadu has topped all States in having attracted maximum investments even during the pandemic, which will create job opportunities, Palaniswami said. Speaking at a function organised to lay the foundation for various projects, Palaniswami said the companies with which the government had inked pacts last year are starting new ventures and opening up more job opportunities.

He added: “Industrial functioning is slowly becoming normal, even as we are recovering from the clutches of Covid. Migrant workers are coming back and are likely to find sufficient opportunities. There are over 7.5 lakh migrant workers in Tamil Nadu, and our State is creating maximum number of jobs for such people.”

In an effort to boost economic activity in the state affected by Covid-19 and lockdown, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday evening permitted business travellers visiting the state for a short duration of three days (72 hours) to be exempted from quarantine.

Business travellers representing various industries including IT/ITeS, hospitality, entertainment and legal could avail the facility, a government order said.

Palaniswami on Thursday said the e-pass system is necessary to monitor the movement of people in the present pandemic scenario and to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state.