Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 16, 17 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1,804 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,92,436. Among these, Chennai reported 209 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,41,626. The state recorded 32 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,579. A total of 1917 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,37,632.
Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) PK Sekar Babu on Tuesday said that no serving priests would be asked to go following the appointment of 58 trained priests from all castes, and that a few people are spreading malicious campaigns around the government’s move.
Addressing reporters in Chennai, Sekar Babu said priests who are past their retirement period are still permitted by HR&CE to carry out their services on a humanitarian basis. “With the sole intention to make the next generation of youth travel in the god-believing path, 58 people who had completed their archakar training and studied agama shastras have been appointed in temples falling under HR&CE. They all are under 35 years of age. Chief Minister MK Stalin has taken measures like this with a vision to make a strong foundation for the next generation,” he said.