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Did not stop MPs, MLAs from attending govt. events: CM

He denies DMK’s charge that its representa­tives were ignored

- STAFF REPORTER

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswam­i on Friday denied the DMK’s charge that its elected representa­tives were prevented from attending COVID-19 review meetings in the districts.

Asked about the DMK’s charge that its representa­tives were being ignored in government programmes, he said, “These are testing times. The aim of the meeting is to contain the spread [of COVID-19]. Containmen­t measures and implementa­tion of government schemes are reviewed. Anyone can attend these meetings, none of them have been stopped; just that persons attending must undergo COVID-19 tests. Otherwise the entire district administra­tion will come to a halt. It is not the government’s motive to ignore anyone.”

Mr. Palaniswam­i, along with Minister for Electricit­y P. Thangamani, Minister for Social Welfare V. Saroja and other senior officials, reviewed COVID-19 preventive measures in Namakkal district and held discussion­s with farmers, industrial­ists and SHG members.

Regarding the resumption of public transport, the Chief Minister said that it was stopped as part of containmen­t measures. “Many will travel using public transporta and contact tracing will then become difficult. It is the government’s responsibi­lity to save precious human life and we are doing it. People should extend cooperatio­n,” he said.

He added that the e-pass system for inter-district/inter-State vehicular movement was being followed as part of contact tracing.

He visited a Siddha-based 200-bed COVID-19 care centre, set up near Ernapuram, and inspected the constructi­on of a medical college hospital.

Mr. Palaniswam­i said that check dams would be built across the Cauvery river in Anichampal­ayam in Namakkal and Punchaikud­u in Karur.

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Edappadi K. Palaniswam­i

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