Jagan held review meeting
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the measures being taken to control the spread of Covid 19 and the need to continue the supply chain of essential commodities and ensure smooth agricultural operations.
A total of 161 positive cases were reported in the state of which 140 were related to the Tablighi Jamaat event, it was told in the review meeting here on Friday.
The Chief Minister instructed the officials to strictly implement all the guidelines keeping in view the sudden hike in cases after the return of attendants of the Tablighi Jamaat.
A total of 1085 people attended the event and 946 among them are now in AP.
Samples were collected and tests have been conducted on them. Results are out for 881 samples where 108 samples detected positive and 65 test reports are yet to come.
About 626 members who came in contact with the event attendants were also tested and 32 among them were detected positive and 335 test reports are yet to come, said officials.
Chief Minister has sought details on the house-to-house survey being conducted by ANMs, Asha workers, volunteers. For the same, the officials said that the survey was conducted in 1.28 crore households from the existing 1.45 crore households in the state.
Those who have shown any of the symptoms of COVID-19 will be observed in the second phase and tests will be conducted accordingly.
The officials said that two new testing centers are now functional in Guntur and Kadapa. Moreover, another testing center in Visakhapatnam would be functional from Monday. Currently, the testing labs have the capacity to conduct 700 tests every day and that will be increased to 900 per day after coordinating with private testing labs.
Chief Minister instructed the officials that a strategic plan should be followed based on the police, medical and survey data.
The Chief Minister has strictly ordered the officials to ensure that social distance at Ryhtu Bazaars, shops, and supermarkets.
The price list should be displayed at every shop and strict actions should be taken against those who sell the products at a higher price than the fixed price.
Regarding the camps set up at various places across the state Chief Minister ordered the officials that there should be no issues in accommodating the migrant labourers, workers who were stranded at various places due to lockdown. For the same, the officials said about 78,000 members were stranded in the various camps at their working places.
The government-run 236 camps are providing accommodations to 16,000 members and a social welfare department officer is appointed to monitor the situation at these camps. Remaining 62,000 members are being accommodated through various NGOs, companies and other sources.
He also asked the officials to appoint an officer and send them to places where Telugu people are stranded outside the state such as Mumbai, Gir, Varanasi, Goa, Ajmer, and Tamil Nadu.
As announced earlier, Chief Minister ordered the officials that there should be no issues in delivering Rs 1000 financial assistance to the poor.
The Chief Minister sought details on policing during the lockdown and said that there is work pressure on the Police department but it is necessary to show respect to the people and counsel them in a proper manner.
With concern to the crops that cannot be stored, the officials said that the government is purchasing the tomatoes in the Madanapalle market and being supplied to Rythu Bazaars that resulted in an increase of 1 kg tomato from Rs 4 to Rs 8 due to high demand. Moreover, necessary steps are being taken to purchase the banana crop at villages and towns to make bananas available in small markets.
He sought details on exports of Aqua products and the officials briefed that 803.4 metric tonnes of products were exported on April 2 and about 1530 metric tonnes will be exported in another two to three days through Kakinada, Vizag, and Krishnapatnam ports.
Moreover, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to concentrate on agriculture, civil supplies, and marketing departments and ensure that farmers should not face any issues. For the same, he further ordered Ministers Kannababu, Mopidevi, Kodali Nani, and task force officials to ensure that there is no shortage of food supplies.
Ministers Alla Nani, Mopidevi Venkataramana, Botsa Satyanarayana, CS Nilam Sawhney, DGP Gautam Sawang, Special Chief Secretary to the Ministry of Health Jawahar Reddy and other officials were among those present at the review meeting.