Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu government on Thursday gave permission for MNREGA and construction works in rural areas.

The government also allowed state and Central government offices to function with 33 per cent staff strength for the maintenance of essential services.

The government order permitted MNREGA works related to irrigation and water conservation in rural areas, excluding containment and red zones.

The government ordered that MNREGA workers should be provided with masks and the number of workers should not exceed one third of the total workforce, maintaining social distancing norms.

Meanwhile, authorities have closed a long stretch of the Anna Salai to prevent traffic. Traffic from Anna Flyover to Wallajah Road-Anna Statue junction has been closed and the police have put barricades there.

–IANS

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