Hyderabad: Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said that he will strive to ensure “no section of society in the state would be left to go hungry”, emphasising that the lockdown and night time curfew will continue till April 15.
Mr Rao declared that all arrangements will be made to ensure supply of essential commodities, including milk and vegetables, for the thousands of migrant labourers from several other states, including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand working in various sectors, including construction, poultry, irrigation projects and rice mills.
He assured students from other states, particularly AP, residing in hostels and at paying guest accommodations not to panic as the government would ensure proper shelter, food and medical care for them.
Directing district collectors to ensure that migrant workers and students have adequate food, proper shelter and required medicines, the chief minister said, “We must treat those from other states as our brethren and ensure they have shelter and food.”
The State has already directed all employers to pay salaries to workers of unorganised sector during the lockdown, he said, adding, “employers should pay them salaries and provide food and shelter”.
Given that there are large number of migrants and students from other states in Hyderabad, Mr Rao instructed that the GHMC commissioner, district collectors of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medchal, and commissioners of nine municipal corporations adjacent to GHMC, “to work in coordination with municipal ad-ministration minister and director of municipal administration in rescuing them.
He directed authorities to ensure steps to care for orphans, destitute and other needy people in this critical situation so that no one was left hungry.
Reiterating his earlier plea to elected representatives to monitor and supervise initiatives taken by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19, he advised elected representatives to not move in groups to supervise measures....