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Lockdown relaxation in Telangana: KCR announces

Lockdown relaxation in Telangana: KCR announces

Chief Minisiter K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday had announced decisions on various sectors like agriculture, public transport, commercial activity and State Formation Day celebrations.

After a series of meetings at the Pragathi Bhavan, the state government has now decided to allow all shops in the city to function from today. However, malls will remain closed, besides exempting TSRTC bus services. The state will also bring in night curfew with immediate effect. In addition to Jubilee bus stand, Imlibun bus stand will also be functional.

All the shops in the city will be open as against the earlier decision of alternate opening of shops. The chief minister has also advised the public to be vigilant and follow the protocol of wearing masks and ensure social distancing.

The chief minister pointed out that the revenue of the state has dipped drastically, this along with the centre’s reluctance to rescue the state has now resulted in the treasury reaching the empty level. This means, no payment or new work could be handled.

The Aasara pensions will continue to be paid and the 12kg of rice per person will also continue to be effective for the white ration card holders in the state. The payment of Rs 1500 one time assistance per family for the ones holding white ration card will be stopped from June, as people will be getting back to work or will be able to find jobs in the relaxed scenario.

The state government also has a loan of Rs. 37,400 crores per year. These instalments have to be paid every month without fail, as the centre has not said anything to the Telangana’s request for the rescheduling of loans, he said. Given this grim scene, the State Formation Day will be a low key affair. Apart from paying homage to martyrs and hoisting of flag, no other celebration will be around the state this year.

In the agricultural front, seeds for crops that is suggested by the government will be ready and should be made available by Friday night. He added that the officials concerned should advice the farmers on what crops should be cultivated in which cluster, as per the regulatory farm policy being implemented in the state.