Hyderabad: The state Cabinet which met here at Pragathi Bhavan on Monday felt that there was no need to impose lockdown or night/weekend curfew in the state to check the spread of Covid virus, according to official sources.
The Cabinet came to this conclusion following the report submitted by health minister T. Harish Rao stating that the Covid-19 situation was under control in the state and the health department was ready to deal with any situation. Harish Rao said the state had so far administered five crore doses of Covid vaccines. The health department will soon administer vaccines to the remaining eligible citizens.
The Cabinet directed the officials to complete the vaccination programme at the earliest with the help of municipal and panchayat raj departments. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao asked the ministers to hold meetings in all districts with district collectors and other officials to complete the vaccination programme.
The Cabinet also took stock of the recent kharif paddy procurement. It noted that the procurement had already completed but due to unseasonal rains, procurement centres were continuing in some districts. It decided that the procurement centres would function till the entire paddy was procured. It was also decided that the Chief Minister would visit undivided Warangal district on Tuesday where unseasonal rains had damaged crops.
The other decisions of the Cabinet include setting up of Women's University and Forest University, reservations to students in Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI) located in Siddipet district, jobs to be filled through direct recruitment exams in forest department, 25 per cent reservations in ACF jobs (assistant conservator of forests), 50 per cent reservations in FRO jobs (forest range officers) and jobs in 'foresters category'.
It was also decided to set up Manjeera Lift Irrigation Corporation to raise funds for construction of Sangameshwara and Basaveshwara lift irrigation projects, Rs 388.20 crore for construction of link canal from Mallannasagar reservoir to Tapaspally reservoir in Siddipet district, revision of cost estimates to Rs 795.94 crore for construction of Chanaka-Korata barrage over Penganga river in Adilabad district and revision of cost estimates to Rs 669 crore for construction of Gattu lift irrigation project in Gadwal district.