By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |Updated: August 14, 2020 1:04:18 pm
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 12, 13 Highlights: In a bid to enforce isolation and social distancing among citizens to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Chennai, the Commissioner of Police Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal on Wednesday issued a circular banning public gathering, demonstrations, human chains, meetings, etc within the jurisdiction of the Greater Chennai Police for 15 days from August 12 to August 27.
The order exempts gatherings or processions which have been permitted by the CoP, religious processions and gatherings at places of worship, processions or gatherings for sports, weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies, meetings held under statutory authority or under the State or Union Government and meetings or gatherings exempted by the State or through a Special Order.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu reported 5,871 Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking its total number of cases in the state to 3,14,520. Chennai reported 993 cases, taking the city’s tally to 1,12,059. The city has been recording less than 1000 cases a day for the past week.
With 119 deaths today, the death toll climbed up to 5,278. Among the deceased, 107 had comorbidities.
Five lakh small-time vendors applied for loans under PM SVANidhi scheme: Centre
The number of loan sanctions and a number of applications received under PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme has crossed the mark of 1 lakh and 5 lakhs respectively within 41 days of commencement of the lending process on July 02, 2020, according to an official release by the government on Wednesday.
The scheme was launched to financially help street vendors bounce back from the setback received during the coronavirus pandemic by giving them access to affordable working capital credit for resumption of businesses posts Covid-19 lockdown. The scheme announced by the ministry of housing and urban affairs provides for collateral-free working capital loans up to Rs 10,000 of 1-year tenure and was aimed to assist about 50 lakh street vendors in the urban areas.
“Incentives in the form of interest subsidy @ 7% per annum on regular repayment of the loan, cashback up to Rs 1,200 per annum on undertaking prescribed digital transactions and eligibility for enhanced next tranche of loan have also been provided under the PM SVANidhi scheme,” the official statement added.