Hyderabad: Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao appreciated the efforts of the frontline warriors and medical fraternity in the fight against covid. Despite their best efforts, some people were even resorting to physical assault on them, which was not a good sign in the war against covid.
Speaking at a webinar organised by industry body Ficci, he said that the covid testing is being done by the government alone to ensure that people are not subjected to fear psychosis. He said that TS has been adhering to ICMR and WHO guidelines with respect to testing numbers and procedures.
He said, without taking names, that there have been instances earlier of private health service providers cashing in on similar situations. They conducted the tests on people whether or not it was required. This caused panic among people and also drained them financially. In the context of covid becoming more rampant, Rao said the Government may rethink about its approach and may allow private testing. However, this has to be a collective decision and will be taken up by the Cabinet at an appropriate time, he said.
Touching up on variously issues, the minister said that the ambitious Pharma City project will take shape in a few months. About 10,000 acre has been acquired and another 2,000 acre is being acquired, he said adding that the Pharma manufacturing cluster once ready will cut the dependence on imports.
While Hyderabad already has an electronic manufacturing cluster, there is a need for more such facilities given the demand they have, the minister said.
The TS government will soon announce a new waste management policy and that will cover solid, liquid, biological, biomedical, construction and demolition waste management among others. The State is also working on Telangana Emerging Technologies Corridor (TETC) to focus on new technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, drones and allied fields, he said.
TS has been making efforts to strike a balance between protecting the economy and the covid fight. It will shortly announce a policy for the hospitality segment, which is one of the most affected sectors, to re-emerge from the covid dent, the Industries Minister said. He said State revenues also suffered due tot the lockdown and was now getting only about Rs 150 crore daily from the earlier Rs 500-600 crore on daily basis.