AP adopts four-pronged strategy: COVID-19
Andhra Pradesh government has adopted a four-pronged strategy of tracing, testing, treatment, and lockdown to contain the spread and intensity of COVID-19 during the past one month.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been constantly monitoring the situation and pressing official machinery into action and has been taking effective steps to ensure food for the poor and movement of agricultural and aqua produce with farmers getting MSP and rabi crop being purchased directly avoiding middlemen.
The State stood first in conducting the maximum number of tests per million in the country and has acquired in required number the equipment, from testing kits to labs and PPEs (Personal Protection Equipment), ventilators, quarantine facilities dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and an extensive social delivery system in the form of village volunteers.
Till April 23 morning, 48,034 tests were conducted averaging to 961 tests per million population and the State is trying to scale up the capacity to 17,500 tests per day. Nine labs have been set up in the past four weeks.
Andhra Pradesh is the only State to conduct three-time comprehensive family survey and identified 32,792 members with symptoms. With five COVID special hospitals, 78 district-level hospitals, 1,41,014 N-95 masks, 2,71,072, PPE kits, 42,70,969 surgical masks, 32,93,958 gloves, the state is well equipped to tackle the situation and is also distributing 16 crore masks; three masks for every individual in the state. This has become an income source to DWACRA women in the state with an income of Rs 500 aper day.
While the livelihood of people has halted due to lockdown, the state government with Rs 1125 core expenditure has come to rescue by providing ration three times in a month free of cost ensuring the social distancing strictly. Moreover, financial assistance of Rs 1,000 is also being provided for every poor family and that amounts up to Rs 1470 crore burden on the state government. The government is also providing ration and Rs 1,000 to the people in need irrespective of having the ration card. Financial assistance of Rs 5,000 is given for those who are dependent on the temples, masjid, and churches.
Though the government is incurring a daily loss of Rs 150 crore, the government has cleared fee reimbursement dues of Rs 1880 crore and getting ready to clear the dues up to March 31 of the current academic year. From the next academic year the fee reimbursement amount will be credited in installments in mothers’ accounts for every three month. Dry ration and dal are being supplied to parents as the mid-day meals program has been stopped. The state has included COVID-19 under Aarogyasri and also cleared the Aarogyasri medical bill dues that were unpaid by the previous TDP government.
While intensifying the COVID-19 preventive measures, the state is ensuring the welfare of the public in other sectors. The state is gearing up to pay Rs 7,500 to the farmers in May under Rythu Bharosa and the scheme is being implemented transparently irrespective of region, religion, and party.
The state is spending Rs 500 for bed and food every day, Rs 100 for other expenses and Rs 600 to and fro charges for those who are in quarantine centers besides providing Rs 2,000 to poor while leaving the quarantine center.
To harvest the crop, the Government has rented 2985 harvesters with a price of Rs 1800- Rs 2200 per hour. Government has started Paddy and Maize marketing centres. 11 lakh metric tons of Pesticides have been collected and stored for the next Kharif season which includes 3.5 tons of Urea. The government also prepared 7.7 lakh tons of Paddy and Groundnut seeds for next season.
Government has announced prices for Aqua products and also opened processing units and resumed the export of Aqua products. Govt also ensured to sell aqua products in local markets.
The government permitted the operation of 24 types of industries in Green Clusters. Industries include oil mills, Dal mills, flour mills, dairy products, water bottling units, food processing units (Includes sugar factories), Bulk Drugs manufacturing units, oxygen manufacturing units, Medical equipment, products, soaps, detergents, masks, bodysuits, sanitary napkins, cold storage, godowns, logistics and agriculture allied industries like manufacturing units of turmeric, salt, Mirchi Powder and Ayurvedic Drugs, Pollution Treatment Plants and Seed Processing Units, and essential products from e-commerce companies like Walmart, Amazon, etc.