Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday announced the extension of lockdown till April 30 view of the rising cases of COVID-19.
At present, Tamil Nadu has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
According to the order by the Tamil Nadu government, lockdown in the state stands extended till April 30. This essentially translates to the fact that section 144 of the CrPC will remain in effect in all of the state’s 37 districts till the end of this month.
In a statement, the chief minister said the extension was based on a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation and the committee of medical experts and public health.
Due to the extension, ration cardholders would get the essential commodities for the month of May free of cost, including a kg of sugar, tur dal, edible oil and the rice.
The families of unorganised workers, including construction labourers, will get cash support of Rs 1,000 each for the second time. Also, the guest labourers will get 15kg of rice, a kg of tur dal and a kg of edible oil free of cost