KCR To Seek Financial Aid From Centre To Tackle COVID-19 Second Wave In Telangana

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K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, is going to seek financial aid for the second wave of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 in Telangana.   

According to sources, The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo would ask the same during a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the 8th of April, PM Modi is scheduled to conduct a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of Indian states. K. Chandrasekhar Rao is also going to attend the meeting and ask for financial aid from the Central Government to tackle the Coronavirus.

As per sources, KCR has prepared a list of logistic support which he would ask from the Government of India (GoI.)

The list includes medical equipment, medicines and adequate amount of vaccination doses of COVID-19. In addition, the Telangana CM would also suggest Mr. Narendra Modi to introduce more stringent safety measures to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus without any financial implications on the States.

A source close to the development who wished to be anonymous said, “KCR would brief the Prime Minister the Telangana government’s preparedness to counter the medical emergency in the wake of fast growing positive cases in the State (sic.)” The source further said, “KCR would explain the financial challenges facing (by) the State for a year due to lockdown and request to take preventive measures keeping the State interests on top priority (sic.)”

Besides discussing financial aid, KCR would also brief about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme.

A Telangana Government official, who wished to be anonymous said, “The demand for indigenously manufactured COVAXIN is high in the State. The scarcity of COVAXIN in the administration of the second dose is visible in many hospitals in the state.” The official further said, “This issue would also figure prominently during the meeting between (the) CM and (the) PM.”

In addition, KCR would also explain the stand of Telangana Government to sustain the spread of the virus. Some of the steps include the closing down of schools, restrictions on the movement of people from the neighbouring States of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka which registered the highest number of positive cases this month and imposing hefty fines on people violating COVID-19 guidelines.

Telangana is reporting more than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 on a regular basis. Due to the rise in cases, the active cases of Telangana which was below 3k, now increased to 8,000 and more.

The recovery rate also fell to 96 % from the previous 98%.


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