The ruling AIADMK’s flagship Amma Canteens will present free meals for 12 days from Friday onwards in Chennai and three neighbouring districts the place the lockdown curbs are being tightened to stop the unfold of COVID-19, Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami stated.
Meals will even be supplied via neighborhood kitchens and residential delivered to pick sections of the inhabitants such because the aged, he stated in an announcement on Thursday.
Mr Palaniswami had on Monday declared that areas falling below Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts and below town police jurisdiction, the place the surge in COVID-19 circumstances stays unabated, will revert to stringent lockdown sans a number of relaxations from June 19 to 30.
Two Sundays in the course of the 12-day interval shall simply be in need of complete curfew with solely milk provide and medical providers exempted, he had introduced.
The 4 districts have the best focus of coronavirus circumstances within the state, which has to this point reported over 50,000 infections.
On Thursday, Palainiswami recalled Amma Canteens, a pet scheme of late chief minister Jayalalithaa and run by native our bodies, had given free meals in the course of the lockdown interval until Could 31 and introduced its extension in the course of the coming section.
The curbs will kick in from the midnight Thursday, he added.
The functioning of neighborhood kitchens, that are at current supplying meals freed from value to the needy, will likely be scaled up and they’d residence ship meals to the aged, moreover to care houses, he stated.
This association will likely be in place until June 30, the chief minister added.