Nirmal: Minister for Forests, Environment, Endowments and Housing Allola Indrakaran Reddy pleaded the public to practice social distance till April 15 to contain the spread of the novel corona virus. He addressed pressmen here on Monday. He was joined by Collector Md Musharraf Ali and Superintendent of Police C Shashidhar Raju.
Indrakaran Reddy informed erstwhile Adilabad district had not registered positive cases of the acute respiratory disease so far. He stated that 1055 persons returned from foreign were undergoing home quarantine in Nirmal district.
Of them, 240 had completed the quarantine of two weeks and 815 were following the quarantine from their residences and some of them were housed in government polytechnic college in the district.
The minister said that elaborate measures were taken to tackle any eventuality to be arisen from the current health crisis. He stated that 70 isolated beds, 70 quarantine beds and 15 ICU beds were created in the district centre. He thanked staffers of health and police department for discharging duties in these testing times.
Indrakaran Reddy further informed that 12 kilograms of rice and cash being given to economically poor family and all support was being extended to migrant laborers belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as part of relief measures taken by the government. He said that procurement of paddy produce would be commenced from April 15.
He said that two lakh gunny bags were and tarpaulin covers readied as against the requirement of 62 lakh. The remaining bags would be brought from neighboring states. He stated that purchasing of maize would be also begun soon. He said that the district registered 2.40 lakh metric tons of maize produce and a sum of Rs 800 crore was going to be paid to the growers.
Collector stated that the lockdown was being implemented strictly. He said that various works were being taken up by ensuring distance of 3 metres between workers, under national rural employment guarantee scheme. He added that Rs 12.65 lakh were donated by donors and philanthropists for relief measures. Shashidhar Raju 18 cases were booked against groceries for violating rules.
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