The number of Covid cases coming down: CM

Amaravati, May 26:

The Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the number of cases have been decreasing for the past few days, which is a good sign and congratulated the entire staff that is offering services in fighting against Covid-19.

Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy has discussed with district collectors and SPs the Covid situation and a wide range of other issues during the Spandana video conference, here on Wednesday.

He said that the AP state had no tier-1 cities that offer advanced treatment or had super-speciality hospitals and better medical infrastructure facilities, but still with the extensive work by the doctors, nurses, asha workers, volunteers, sanitation staff and all the frontline workers, the the state was able to put up a fight with the pandemic. He told the officials to focus on those areas, especially Chittoor, East and West Godavari districts where most cases are getting registered and take measures to control the spread.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to ensure 50 percent of the beds in private hospitals were given to the Aarogyasri patients strictly following the government pricing for the treatments. So far under Aarogyasri nearly 28,737 people which is over 70 percent of the total cases are being treated.

The Chief Minister stated that the Injections for black fungus have become very rare, where the entire country had been facing shortage, as each patient should be given at least 50 injections per week. But, the State received only 3,000 injections from the Centre and another 2,000 injections would be sent soon. He said that the government had been putting pressure on the central government to get as many injections as possible.

As on date, 23,69,164 people have been vaccinated with two doses, while 33,11,697 people have received single dose of vaccine. The Chief Minister stated that the vaccine production in the country is very low, where the entire country needs 172 crore doses and the State requires seven crore doses. He said that the distribution of vaccines is centrally controlled and primarily focussing on vaccinating all those above 45 years, as the risk factor is high among them.

Better services in State
The Chief Minister said that the government is giving Remdesivir Injections to both Government and Private Hospitals, where almost 50,000 injections a week are being given to government hospitals, and about 60,000 were sent to private hospitals, ensuring no shortage. He said that strict action should be taken on those selling these medicines in black market, as it is a heinous crime to trade life-saving drugs.

104 Call Centre
He said District Collectors should own104 call center and ensure effective functioning of these centers and respond as if our own people are calling to the toll free. He said that officials and the government will be held responsible if not responded properly to the calls. 104 number should be registered in the minds of people as a one stop solution for all issues related to COVID. Calls to the toll free were decreased from 19,000 calls to 7,000 calls, as a sign that the number of positive cases have been declining. He directed the officials to focus on arranging oxygen and other medical facilities for beds at temporary german hangars.

Oxygen Supply
The Chief Minister appreciated the officials for showing efficiency and progress in oxygen supply to the State, which was increased to over 600 tonnes from earlier supply of 330 tonnes. As of now the State had kept enough oxygen to last two days even during the cyclone. He directed the authorities to focus on auditing on the usage of oxygen, supply and stocks and correct if any lapses exist. He told the authorities to ensure that oxygen reserves are maintained in each hospital to avoid accidents.

The Chief Minister said that the government had already imposed a curfew, permitting people to do their chores from 6am to 12 noon. He also directed officials to ensure strict curfew is imposed right after 12 noon. He urged people to take precautionary measures by wearing masks, staying indoors and maintaining social distance.

CM covers major issues

The Chief Minister discussed a wide range of issues including MGNREGA Works, YSR Urban Clinics, Housing, Spandana grievances, and preparation for Kharif, during the Spandana video conference, held here on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister said that NREGS works are very important especially in Covid-19 situation, where 20 crore work days were allotted to Andhra Pradesh and a target is set to complete 16 crore work days by end of next month. To achieve the target, every district must complete one crore work days, he said and added that only 7.41 crore work days are completed till now and directed the officials to complete one crore work days by end of June.

Construction of Village Secretariats, RBKs, YSR Health Clinics
Although the target is set to build all the village secretariats by 30th of next month, only 10,929 secretariat buildings are completed, he said and directed Collectors to pay special attention to them. Commemorating the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy on July 8, the State government targeted to complete construction of all RBKs across the State. However, works are still in pending state, where of the total 10,408 RBK buildings, only about half are nearing completion. Similarly, construction of 8,585 village health clinics are under way and collectors should focus on completing them, he said.

The Chief Minister said it has been decided to construct 9,899 buildings for BMCUs, of which 352 have not yet been given administrative clearances. Nearly 38 percent of building construction has not yet begun and directed the officials to give those permissions right away and start the construction of those buildings. Similarly, we have set a target of constructing 2,633 buildings in the first phase for AMCUs, but only 1,946 of them are under construction although 2,583 building permits were approved.

Anganwadi Centers
The Chief Minister said Anganwadi centers are being converted into YSR Pre Primary Schools and land needs to be identified at 1230 locations in urban areas and at 375 locations in rural areas for the construction of these buildings. He said the state government is constructing 8,634 new buildings and revamping 3,341 existing buildings in the first phase of Nadu Nedu and yet 3,928 unfinished Anganwadi Centers to be completed. He directed the collectors to sanction technical and administrative approvals and they should be completed soon, by coordinating with Panchayat Raj department officials.

YSR Urban Clinics
He said a total of 541 urban clinics are required in the state, of which 195 buildings are to be developed, 205 are being revamped and 346 new buildings are yet to be constructed. Although a total of 375 received construction permits, only 196 buildings were started. He told the officials to complete all the work tenders and ensure work starts as soon as possible.

New Medical Colleges
The Chief Minister said that the government proposed to setup 16 new teaching hospitals in the state, where land has been already allocated to Pulivendula and Paderu hospitals. So we are going to unveil the plaques for the remaining 14 teaching hospitals on May 30, he said .

House plots in 90 days

The State government has distributed a total of 28,81,962 house plots to the beneficiaries, while the issue of 3,77,122 housing plots with court cases is yet to be resolved. The Chief Minister directed the authorities to focus on giving immediate house allocation deeds to those who have already been identified from the new applications, where 17,945 will be housed in existing layouts and another 2,964 in new layouts. He said the government has allotted 15.60 lakh houses in first phase of Navaratnalu- Pedalandariki Illu programme of which 15.10 lakh houses are in rural areas and grant documents have already been issued for 14.89 lakh houses in the first phase.

Further, the Chief Minister directed the officials to start the construction of houses on June 1, without any delay, as the construction of those houses will not only create economic activity (boostup) but also employment opportunities, which will boost the economy. He said to complete geo tagging, setting up boundary stones between houses and levelling along with the preparatory works like Mapping, Geo tagging, registration of beneficiaries, updation in websites by next review. He said water connection facilities need to be set up in 8,798 layouts and directed the collectors to coordinate with discoms and rural water supply departments and complete the works by May 31. He said construction of model houses in the layouts should get completed at the earliest, as only 5148 layout have got model houses. He said to focus on developing infrastructure facilities such as CC roads, underground drainage system, power cables, water supply system, and complete the comprehensive project reports by June 20.

Of the 2,62,216 TIDCO houses that are under construction in the state, sale agreements have been distributed to 2,14,450 beneficiaries, and further 47,766 houses are yet to have sale agreement documents. Collectors should take the initiative and resolve all of them as soon as possible, said the Chief Minister.

Housing for Middle Class
In the first phase, the government proposed to provide 3 lakh housing units to middle class people in urban areas by Ugadi next year (April 2), with dispute-free plot registration‌. The project requires 17,000 acres of land, which has to be obtained by acquisition of public and private lands. The housing units will be given in three categories 133.33 yards, 146.66 yards and 194.44 yards, with all infrastructure.

Khariff preparedness

The Chief Minister said that Khariff is going to start and quality seeds should be provided to farmers. He said to check stock points of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. He said to give 8.08 lakh quintals of seeds to farmers with subsidy this season, where about 1.35 lakh quintals of groundnut seeds have been distributed so far and shall be completed by June 17.

He said to focus on conducting irrigation advisory board meetings coordinating with district incharge ministers and public representatives. Of the 10,498 RBKs so far, only 8,650 have conducted meetings with those committees, he said and directed the officials to ensure all these committees work actively. He said agriculture advisory boards should be set up at district, mandal and village level. These committees play key role in crop planning and provide information on alternative crops to farmers. He said district level bankers meetings should be conducted to ensure crops loans are sanctioned smoothly. The target is to lend a total of Rs 1,44,927 crore this year, including crop loans and other loans for Kharif and Rabi.

Schemes for May, June

Amul milk collection will start on May 31 in West Godavari district, Jagananna Thodu (interest free loan for small traders) on June 8, YSR Vahana Mitra on June 15 and YSR Cheyutha (Assistance for women above 45 years) on June 22.

Deputy Chief Minister Alla Krishna Srinivas, Ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Botsa Satyanarayana, DGP Goutam Sawang, Chief Commissioner Land Administration Neerab Kumar Prasad, Agriculture Special Chief Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah, Covid command control chairman Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, Municipal Administration Special Chief Secretary Y Srilakshmi, Panchayat Raj Commissioner Girija Shankar, Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal, Women and Child Welfare Principal Secretary Anuradha and other officials were present.

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