TN comes to standstill, police stop people on roads, tea shops to be shut at 6 pm

Life came to a standstill, roads across the State were deserted as public and private transport vehicles did not ply, though essential services like groceries, vegetables, milk, electricity, hospitals were maintained in Tamil Nadu, on the day 1 of lockdown today in view of coronavirus pandemic.

Police stopped people on roads and questioned them. People were only allowed after they gave explanation, that too with a warning. Some of the vehicles were seized.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has asked all tea shops in the city to shut down by 6 pm daily, till the lockdown is in force. It has asked food and other delivery persons to follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned funds to the tune of ₹2,187.8 crore, towards implementing the announcement made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the State Legislative Assembly that cash support of ₹1,000 and essential commodities would be distributed to each of the eligible ration card holders across the State, as part of measures to mitigate the effect of the shut down on account of COVID-19.

According to a government order issued few hours after the CM’s announcement in the House on Tuesday, ₹2,014.69 crore has been earmarked towards distributing cash assistance and ₹173.1 crore has been allocated for supplying essential commodities through Public Distribution System (PDS) shops.

Chief Minister Edapapdi K Palaniswami on Tuesday announced a Rs 3,280crore relief package to help people in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases. All family card holders will get a cash support of Rs 1,000 each.

The family cardholders can also avail rice, dal, edible oil and sugar for April free of cost. The government will give tokens to avoid rush at PDS outlets. Those who don’t wish to get the cash support could register online.