The Telangana government on Sunday extended the lockdown for the next ten days. The decision to extend the lockdown in the state was taken after a four-hour cabinet meeting held by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. As per the new announcement, the relaxation period has been extended for seven hours (from 6 am to 1 pm). The state has been under a lockdown since May 12 and earlier the relaxation period was for four hours — between 6 am-10 am.
Sharing the announcement regarding the lockdown extension, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao tweeted, “Cabinet meeting has resolved to continue Telangana lockdown for another 10 days and daily relaxation has been extended from 6 am to 1 pm. Limited revival of economic activity is also consented. Guidelines will be issued soon.”
The decision to extend the lockdown was opposed by Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who said that lockdowns are neither scientific nor humanitarian. Earlier in the day, Asaduddin said that lockdown is not the right strategy to combat COVID-19. He said that the measure appears as a ‘hard on pandemic’ strategy but all it does is destroy the lives of the poor.
The Cabinet meeting has resolved to continue Telangana lockdown for another 10 days and daily relaxation timings have been extended from 6 AM to 1 PM . Limited revival of economic activity is also consented and Guidelines will be issued soon said KTR in a tweet.
A cabinet meeting has resolved to continue Telangana lockdown for another 10 days and daily relaxation has been extended from 6 am to 1 pm.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has instructed officials that the lockdown period between 2PM to 6 AM should be strictly enforced.
– Limited revival of economic activity is also consented and guidelines will be issued soon.
– The relaxation hours have been increased by 7 hours.
-One Hour buffer hour was given to go enable people to reach their homes.
-People should be at home by 2 PM.
-Lockdown Hours are from 2 PM in the afternoon to the next day at 6 AM in the morning.
As per the reports, people were unable to finish their works within four hours and there was huge traffic on the roads even after the curfew came into effect. Some traffic cops are giving the public 15-20 minutes of grace time, but it often extends much longer, and it takes a longer time to clear the traffic. Earlier, the Centre had directed the state to continue COVID-19 containment measures till June 30.
-Cabinet has decided that Students going overseas for higher education will be given vaccination on priority so they can travel safely
-The Cabinet has resolved to establish 7 medical colleges at Mahbubabad, Sangareddy, Jagtial, Nagar Kurnool, Wanaparthy, Kothagudem & Mancherial. Prior to the formation of Telangana, only 4 Govt medical colleges were built. From 2014 -18, KCR Govt has established 5 & now 7 more to come up.
He said that people have to accept that the pandemic is a long term reality. “One can combat it only by educating the public about mask use and social distancing, and tweaking govt policies to encourage and enable such lifestyle change. The only long-term solution is universal vaccination. Lockdowns give a cruel choice to the poor: poverty, police atrocities or pandemic. They make a public health crisis into a law and order problem. They are neither a scientific nor a humanitarian strategy.”
Urging the Chief Minister against extending the lockdown, he had said, “If the goal is to reduce crowding, then we may consider evening curfews (6 pm onwards) or mini-lockdowns for COVID clusters. But expecting 3.5cr people to live for weeks with just a 4 hour lockdown relaxation is not fair at all.”