Emotional appeal from Palaniswami

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today renewed his appeal to the people, companies and NGOs to come forward and contribute generously for corona relief measures and announced 100 per tax exemption for it.

In a statement, he said the government has been taking steps on a warfooting to prevent spread of coronavirus, which has claimed six lives besides infecting more than 600 people, and has been extending all facilities to the medical staff, sanitary workers and police personnel who have been rendering selfless services in this regard.

Stating that based on the government’s appeal, several people have come forward to contribute to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief, he said even boys and girls and students have contributed by a little way they could for the cause and displayed their kind heartedness.

Observing that sustained efforts were needed in the coming days to combat the coronavirus pandemic by intensifying the efforts, he said the state government, with a view to effectively implement them, seek the support of industrialists, leading corporates, NGOs, donators and the public, in this regard.

Citing the famous proverb ‘Little drops make a mighty ocean’, the Chief Minister said it would be of great help in safeguarding the poor people if each and everyone in the state contribute even a small amount towards this cause.

He also said the contributions could be made online or via credit and debit cards and get receipts.

The payments could also be paid via Electronic Clearing System (ECS) and in the form of Demand drafs and crossed cheques to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund. He also said 100 tax exemption would be given under 80(G) of Income-Tax Act.

He also called for generous contribution from NRIs and people from abroad, who would also be given 50 per cent tax relief.


NT Bureau