The Telangana State Cabinet has decided to extend the lockdown up to May 7th besides refusing to give any kind of relaxation to any section as declared by the Centre after April 20th in view of its vulnerability in the state.
Announcing this here at a media conference after a prolonged Cabinet meeting in Pragati Bhavan today, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao said that the officials are expecting that the number of cases may likely to come down by May 1st. For example, we have conducted 450 tests today out of which only 18 have been tested positive, “This only indicates that the cases may come down after May 1st. But for the safe side we have decided not to give any relaxation”, he added.
He said the decision has taken after a gathering a public opinion gathered by my self, public representatives, surveys conducted by media channels who have all put together inclined for the extension of lockdown.
He also urged police to be more vigilant and strictly implement the lockdown. “This is a crucial phase during which we need to fail in containing the spread of Covid19”, he said and declared that food deliveries by Swiggy and Zomato will be banned in the state. Referring to the Delhi incident in which over 69 food delivery boys were tested positive. “Hence, we don’t allow any food distribution by these companies. If found will file cases against them”, he said adding that delivering groceries will be given an exception to this.
He also announced that the cut in salaries of public representatives, and all other government employees as announced in the month of March will be applicable to this month as well. However, in view of the request from the pensioners, there would be only 25% cut instead of 50% as declared. “They would get 75% of their pensions”, he said.
The police personnel will be given CM’s gift in addition to their regular salaries will be paid for the month of April.
He further announced that the government has ordered the landlords to defer with the collection of rents for 3 months from their tenants. “If any landlord forces for a house rent despite the orders can be intimated over by dialling 100. Strict action will be taken against such landlords”, he said.
The orders have also been issued banning the collection of school fees by the private educational institutions. Any management tries to collect the fee forcibly they can be reported to the Police by dialling 100, he said.
As for the Industries, fixed charges on their monthly billing would be abolished and a 1% deferment has been given on the bills for those units like pharma and rice mills whom the government has permitted to function.
The Gachibowli sports complex spread over 9.16 acres has been converted into an exclusive COVID-19 hospital for time being which will be later converted into a unique multi-speciality super hospital under the control of Department of Medical and Health named as Telangana Institute of Medical Science & Research (TIMS&R).
The complex currently has 540 rooms. Once the hospital is completed, the medical needs of the people in those areas will be met with.
Similarly, KCR has announced an exclusive Sports City in 300 acres near Shamirpet. He said a 3-member Cabinet Committee comprising Ministers for Sports, Municipal Administration and Panchayat Raj as members have been formed to prepare a comprehensive action plan and policy and suggest the modalities and methodologies to build and promote sports in the state.