Under the leadership of Chief Minister KCR, the Telangana Cabinet met for a crucial meeting on Tuesday. The outcome of the meeting is that the state will be under strict lockdown from May 12 to May 21.
After the lockdown was announced several questions were raised on how come the Chief Minister who was against the idea of going for lockdown announced a statewide lockdown that too all of a sudden.
Clearing all the air, CM KCR opened up on why the cabinet has decided to go for a lockdown. The Chief Minister said the lockdown was imposed with no option left as the High Court directed them to take a call on lockdown and patients from neighboring states are coming to Hyderabad for treatment.
'Compared to the other states, the Corona situation is under control in Telangana. We are making sure that there will be no shortage of beds, medicines, and medical oxygen in state-run hospitals. The purchase of grains is going on rapidly. We felt that lockdown leads to a decline in income and causes economic struggles. With other states opting for lockdown, the pressure was building up on Telangana too. Covid-19 patients from AP, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh are coming to Hyderabad for treatment. Some private hospitals are referring patients to state-run hospitals at the neck of the movement. Few sections have batted for lockdown. The High Court advised taking a call on this. With this, a lockdown was imposed barring a few sectors,' KCR said.
KCR went on to say that all the required measures were taken to see that the farmers in the state will not face any issues pertaining to grain sales and they will be carried out as usual.
The 20-hour-lockdown will come into effect from today. Between 6 AM to 10 AM, all services will be allowed. Except for essential services and sectors that were exempted, other services will be allowed to co-operate.