Most of the Coronavirus-infected in Andhra Pradesh are incidentally the ones who returned to the state after attending the religious congregation, Markaz, in Nizamuddin of Delhi, said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Addressing the media here on Wednesday, the AP chief minister said that a total of 1,085 members returned from to AP from Delhi after participating in the religious meeting, organized by Tablighi Jamaat. Of them, tests were conducted for 585 members.

“About 87 positive cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in Andhra Pradesh. Incidentally, a whopping 70 of them are the returnees from Delhi (Markaz Nizamuddin event),” YS Jagan said. In this context, he urged all the relatives of the COVID-19 infected from the Delhi religious congregation, to voluntarily come out into the open and get themselves tested.

The AP chief minister stated that the state government is making all the efforts to identify and locate all those who may have come in contact with the Delhi returnees.

YS Jagan said that the state government has been implementing a comprehensive action plan to contain the spread of Coronavirus on one side and provide The best possible support in terms of treatment for those affected by it. Asserting that the lockdown is being effectively enforced in the state, the chief minister made a passionate appeal to the public not to discriminate against those who are infected with the dreaded virus. This is the time for everyone to be compassionate towards them and help them recover as soon as possible,” he felt.

Once again reassuring the people of the state that there is no need to panic over the situation, YS Jagan said that there are many who have recovered completely from the virus and were discharged.

Referring to the deferment of salaries, necessitated by the depleted fiscal position due to the lockdown, the chief minister thanked all those who came forward and extended their support to the government in these trying times.

On the crucial aqua, food-processing and agriculture-related industries, which need to carry out their products on a daily basis, the chief minister said that all those associated with these sectors could go about their tasks uninterrupted till 1 PM every day. But he appealed to them diligently adhere to all the guidelines and safeguards issued for this purpose.

“As long as all the precautions are taken care of, including practising of social distancing, there should be no problem for them to carry out their activities,”

Sajjala Slams Chandrababu’s Opportunistic Politics 

Advisor ( Public Affairs) to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy criticised the TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh for indulging in politics of opportunism, even as the State was going through a major financial crunch effected due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting the entire world. Speaking to the media on Friday, Sajjala said that in the eventuality of this crisis, the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was reviewing and assessing the situation from time-to-time and supporting the people financially.

“Despite these efforts, the Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu was indulging petty politics and derided the TDP leaders’ attitude during these times of disaster. The entire nation knows the state’s financial position, which was the doing of the TDP regime. Crores of money was misappropriated in the name of welfare schemes, ” he alleged.

“The financial debt, pending bills were what the TDP regime left for the State exchequer to bear. After looting the coffers they now make false claims that the State financial position is fine, he scoffed. Chandrababu has left Rs 40,000 crore worth of bills pending,” he reminded.”Chandrababu’s media is spreading false news that the government is not disbursing salaries despite having money. This government has to bear the burden of the previous pending bills and Rs 800 Crore of pending bills were cleared for the contractors. Everyone knows who these contractors were close to, “he remarked in reference to the TDP Chief.

“We have discussed with the Employee Unions and deferred the salary payments. The employees have shown their magnanimity during this emergency. However, the TDP chief is also insulting the employee unions with disparaging remarks,” he commented. The Government was paying Rs 1,000 to all eligible people below the poverty line, unlike Chandrababu who would cut budgets. The Government has no need to hide coronavirus cases and neither can they be hidden, he said.

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