If anything good has come out of the Wuhan virus, it is the way the state governments have followed the principle of cooperative federalism. Tamil Nadu, despite the stress arising due to rising number of cases associated with the Tablighi Jamaat, has gone out and out to protect the poor and vulnerable sections of the society especially the migrant labourers coming from other states. On Friday, it was declared that 134569 people hailing from Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and working in industrial units, shops, hotels, farms and other commercial establishments are being taken care of the Tamil Nadu government in various relief camps across the state.
These labourers are categorized according to their states and are being provided with necessary requirements. Hot cooked and nutritious food is provided thrice a day. Masks and new clothes are also being provided.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visited the camps at RA Puram, Guru Nanak College and Periyamedu on Friday to inspect and ascertain whether the labourers are being provided with adequate facilities. He served food and clothes to the labourers and emphasised the need to maintain social distance. He asked the Greater Chennai Corporation to ensure that the camps are cleaned regularly and hygiene be maintained. He assured the migrant workers that the Tamil Nadu government will take good care of them and they need not worry.