Some relief for citizens as hotels can provide parcel services for longer hours daily
Even as the test positivity rate is coming down amid the expected tapering of the second wave of Covid-19 in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has gone by the recommendation of medical experts and has announced that the lockdown-like restrictions will continue across the state till 6 am on Monday, June 14.
Addressing a presser at Vidhana Soudha on Thursday, Yediyurappa acknowledged that the Covid positivity rate is coming down but pointed out that the Centre has clearly stated that relaxations should be considered only after the positivity rate goes below 5%. He said the state government was taking note of the situation on a daily basis and an appropriate decision would be taken after another review.
‘ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ಸೋಂಕು ಹರಡುವಿಕೆ ತಡೆಯುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಜೂನ್ 7ರವರೆಗೂ ವಿಧಿಸಲಾಗಿದ್ದ ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಗಳನ್ನು ಜೂನ್ 14ರವರೆಗೆ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ನಾಗರಿಕರು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ನಿಯಮಗಳನ್ನು ಪಾಲಿಸಿ, ಸೋಂಕು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಹಕರಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ವಿನಂತಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ’ : ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSYBJP.#KarnatakaFightsCorona #Unite2FightCorona— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) June 3, 2021
The CM also announced a package of Rs 500 crore to various sections, including Muzrai temple priests, fisheries, ASHA workers and advocates, as well as exemptions to MSMEs in payment of power bills. The package includes relief of Rs 175 crore for staff of aided schools.
The CM’s announcement clearly indicates that the authorities are convinced that the relaxation from 6 am to 10 am in the morning is sufficient for people to buy essentials, after which strict curbs on public movement will continue.
Rs 175 crore for aided schools
Speaking of the additional relief, Yediurappa said, “I have already announced a relief package of Rs 1, 250 crore to some Covid-affected sections. Today, I am announcing some more relief to other sections of society.” Of the additional relief package of Rs 500 crore, Rs 175 crore is for staff of added schools and and Rs 323 crore is for other sections.
The details of the additional relief package are as follows:
• Power loom weavers
Rs 3,000 relief will be given to power loom weavers. A maximum of 2 workers per power loom will get this benefit in 59,000 power looms at an expenditure of Rs 35 crore.
• Unorganized workers of films
Rs 3,000 relief for such workers. This will benefit 22,000 registered workers at an expenditure of Rs 6.6 crore.
• Compensation for fishermen
18,746 registered fishermen and 7,668 inland boat owners will get a relief of Rs 3,000. This will involve an expenditure of Rs 8 crore.
• Priests and staff in C grade temples of Muzrai department
They will be given Rs 3,000 at an outlay of Rs 10.8 crore.
• ASHA workers
42,574 ASHA workers will get Rs 3,000 relief. This will cost Rs 12.75 crore.
• Anganwadi workers
64,423 Anganwadi workers and 59,169 Anganwadi helpers will get Rs 2,000 relief. This will involve an an expenditure of Rs 24.7 crore.
• Milk powder for school children
Excess milk procured from farmers will be converted into milk powder. School children will be given half-kg milk powder along with foodgrains for the months of June and July. This will involve an expenditure of Rs 100 crore.
Assistance of Rs 5 crore will be given to the advocates’ welfare fund.
MSMEs will be given concession for paying fixed power charges for the months of May and June, and for other industries payment relief will be extended till July 31. This will involve an expenditure of Rs 120 crore.