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CM Jagan betrayed unemployed youth, says Kala

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TDP AP President K Kala Venkatrao has flayed the YCP Government for ‘breaking the back’ of unemployed youth in the state instead of creating job opportunities for them by encouraging industry, trade and business. He recalled that CM Jaganmohan Reddy made huge promises to create jobs by bringing Special Category Status but after coming to power, he has fallen silent on that.

The TDP leader mockingly said that the CM promised to release a ‘job calendar’ every January but in his first one year rule itself, Jagan Reddy became responsible for removal of 3 lakh jobs. Also, a new conspiracy was being hatched to remove the outsourcing and contract jobs. This Chief Minister could not give one single permanent job to any unemployed youth in the last 14 months of his rule.

Mr. Venkatrao pointed out that not a single industry has come in the last one year nor there were any efforts to bring investments. Instead, the ruling party’s anti-industry policies were driving away investors. The candidates, who were spending lakhs of rupees for preparations for competitive exams, were also let down as no job notifications were being given. The skill development centres opened by the previous TDP regime were closed down all over the state.

The TDP senior leader termed it as unfortunate that the ruling party Ministers and leaders were looting all resources and filling their pockets while the unemployed youth and general public were suffering greatly due to lack of incomes. Jagan Reddy would go down in history as a betrayer of unemployed youth. The CM was apparently thinking that it was enough to give his partymen and sympathisers jobs as advisors at high salaries at the cost of ordinary job-seekers across the state.

Mr. Venkatrao asked what happened to Jagan Reddy’s roaring statement that he would make the Central Government bow its head and give Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. By cancelling the unemployment allowance, the CM has removed the food from the mouths of lakhs of youth. The AP youth were preparing to rise in rebellion against the Jagan Reddy Government’s anti-people policies. The same youth, who said ‘Ravali Jagan Kavali Jagan’, were now saying ‘Povali Jagan’ (Jagan must go).

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Andhra highs: 1,813 new corona cases, 1,168 cured patients

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Andhra Pradesh reported yet another all-time high of 1,813 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour cycle ending 9 am on Saturday, the fourth time this week that a record high has been breached. On the positive side, the day also witnessed a high of 1,168 patients cured of Covid-19 and discharged.

On Friday, the state had recorded 1,608 positive cases, 1,555 on Thursday and 1,322 on Monday.

The new cases include 38 returnees from outside Andhra Pradesh, health officials said.

Andhra Pradesh’s total corona cases crossed the 27K-mark to touch 27,235 cases on Saturday.

The new cases were reported from all 13 districts in the state. Anantapur district topped with 311 cases, followed by Chittoor with 300, Kurnool with 229, Srikakulam with 204, East Godavari with 143, and Krishna with 123 cases.

Andhra Pradesh conducted 20,590 more tests, as against 21,020 samples tested in the 24-hour cycle ending Friday morning.

As many as 1,168 more persons were discharged from hospitals and Covid treatment centres in the state. The cured patients now total 14,393.

As of Saturday, 12,533 coronavirus patients are admitted in hospitals and designated Covid treatment centres in the state.

A total of 17 deaths were reported from the state — Kurnool four, Guntur and Vizianagaram three each, Krishna and Nellore two each, and Kadapa, Anantapur and Visakhapatnam one death each. The total corona death toll in Andhra Pradesh was 309 on Saturday morning.

The number of coronavirus cases among returnees from other states rose by two. Returnees from Telangana continue to dominate this category, with 22 of the 34 cases returnees from the neighbouring Telugu state. There were also four positive cases from among Odisha returnees. Similarly, three returnees each from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and one each from Delhi and Karnataka are among corona positive patients.

As of Saturday, 2,385 state returnees have so far tested positive while there are 690 active cases in this category. As many as 1,695 persons have recovered till date.

On Saturday morning, four new cases were reported from among foreign returnees — two returnees from Kuwait, one from Saudi Arabia and one from the USA.

The total tally in this category is 428, with 299 patients cured and discharged. As of Saturday, 129 patients in this category are under treatment in hospitals.

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Single-day record 1,608 new corona cases in Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh witnessed an all-time high of 1,608 new coronavirus cases in 24-hour cycle ended at 9 am on Friday, including 32 returnees from other states.

On Thursday too, the state had reported a high of 1,555 new cases, while the previous single-day high of 1,322 cases was recorded on Monday.

Andhra Pradesh’s total corona cases breached the 25K-mark to touch 25,422 cases on Friday.

Continuing the trend, all 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh reported fresh cases on Friday, including the highest 208 in Chittoor district and followed by Anantapur (191), East Godavari (169), Kurnool and West Godavari (144 cases each), Guntur (136) and Prakasam (110), among others.

As many as 21,020 samples were tested compared with 16,882 samples a day earlier.

The recovery rate remains robust as 981 more patients were discharged from hospitals and Covid-19 treatment centres, taking the total cured persons to 13,194.

As of Friday, 11,936 persons are receiving treatment at hospitals and designated treatment centers in the state.

Friday also saw highest 15 deaths recorded in a day in Andhra Pradesh — Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur two deaths each, and Nellore, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and West Godavari districts one death each.

Andhra Pradesh’s total corona death toll now stands at 292.

Even as a decline was observed in the number of positive cases among returnees from other states, returnees from Telangana continued to dominate in this category.

Of the 32 new such cases reported on Friday, 22 were from among returnees from Telangana, 4 from Maharashtra, two each from Delhi and Odisha, and one each from Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Till date, 2,351 state returnees have tested positive in Andhra Pradesh. The active cases in this category total 686, whereas 1,665 persons have been discharged till date.

On Friday, no new cases were reported from persons with foreign travel history. The total corona patients in this category stands at 424, with 298 of them cured and discharged. As of Friday, 126 persons in this category were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

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AP govt may hike property registration fees to shore up revenues

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With revenues dwindling due to Covid-19 imposed lockdown, the Andhra Pradesh government is gearing up to jack up property registration fees and property taxes.

The Andhra Pradesh government is contemplating increasing the property registration fees from August 1 to shore up revenues. The revenue department of Jagan government reportedly asked the sub-registars, tehsildars, RDOs to identify the areas where the registration fees could be hiked and accordingly prepare a report.

The Registration Department has been tasked to prepare four reports classifying properties into agriculture, non-agriculture, flats and lands. Sub-registrars, tehsildars, RDOs and other top officials were asked to assess the land values. Based on the suggestions from the officials concerned, the Andhra Pradesh government will make a decision on property registration values.

The lockdown situation has significantly impacted the real estate sector in Andhra Pradesh. The virus outbreak has crippled the overall construction activity and property transactions in the last few months. Demand for housing properties has remained subdued. Further, the lack of jobs and severe scarcity of sand had a ripple effect on the real estate sector. The real estate sector has been under pressure for quite some time now owing to a shortage of sand and other issues.

The construction activity came to a standstill with the artificial scarcity of sand due to widespread sand mafia operations in the state. More than 5,000 housing projects were forced to halt due to the coronavirus imposed lockdown. The growing uncertainty over shifting of capital from Amaravati has further compounded the problem.

The coronavirus lockdown caused an acute liquidity shortage. Revenue collection almost became negligible. The stamps and registration department, which collects a percentage as stamp fee for registration of properties and is one of the top revenue contributors, is struggling to meet targets.

The Andhra Pradesh government has relaxed liquor sale norms as liquor is an important source to shore up revenues.

Experts believe that the move to hike property registration fees would be foolish as it comes at a time revenue sources are drying up and people’s purchasing power declining. Further, the businesses are finding it difficult to maintain the same employment level as the pre-coronavirus period. Further, real estate prices have hit rock bottom due to the pandemic. In such a scenario, the government instead of lowering property registration fees is mulling to hike the charges.

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Record single day spike takes AP Covid tally to 23,814

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Andhra Pradesh reported yet another record single day spike as 1,555 positive cases surfaced in the last 24 hours ending 9 a.m. on Thursday, the health officials said. The tally includes 55 returnees from outside the state. The previous single day high was recorded on Monday when 1,322 new cases were reported.

With Thursday’s update, the Covid-19 tally has now touched 23,814 in Andhra Pradesh.

All the 13 districts reported fresh cases with the highest of 236 cases recorded in Chittoor district followed by Guntur (228), Visakhapatnam (208) and Srikakulam (206). Krishna with 127 cases, and Kadapa with 114 cases were the other districts that had a high number of new cases during the last 24 hours, state health officials said.

During the preceding 24 hours, the testing sample size was significantly lower at 16,882 tests. In comparison, the state had conducted tests on 27,743 samples in the cycle ending Wednesday morning.T he recovery rate remained robust with 904 persons discharged from hospitals in the state.

As on Thursday, 11,383 affected persons are receiving treatment at hospitals and designated Covid treatment centres. The cumulative tally of cured persons now stands at 12,154.

Thursday also saw 13 deaths reported from different parts of the state. Kurnool and Guntur reported the highest number of three deaths each, followed by two deaths each in Anantapur and Prakasam districts. Similarly, one death each was reported from Krishna, West Godavari, and Chittoor, districts. The overall death toll in Andhra Pradesh on account of covid, stands at 277 on Thursday.

Even as there was an upswing in the number of positive cases detected in returnees from other states to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana returnees remain the highest numbers in this category. Of the 53 new cases that were reported in this category, the high of 30 positive cases were from the neighbouring Telugu state. The remaining positive cases in this category include 5 positive samples each from Delhi and Odisha returnees, and 4 cases each from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. There were also 3 cases from Karnataka and also one case each from Bihar and Assam.

Till date, 2,319 persons have tested positive for Covid among the persons who returned from other states. The active cases tally in this category is 712, while 1,607 persons have been discharged till date.

On Thursday too as on Wednesday, only two new cases were reported from persons with a travel history to foreign countries. While one of the positive cases on Thursday morning was a person returning from Kuwait, the second person had a travel history t Russia. The cumulative tally of Covid patients in this category stands at 424, while 297 persons have been discharged after getting cured. As of Thursday, 127 persons in this category are undergoing treatment in hospitals.

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Jagan law: Rise of Praveen Prakash coincides with fall of seniors

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It is well known that AP CM Jagan Reddy does not heed any expert advice. What he wants shall be done. What he says shall be law. But the problem is that very often, what Jagan says glaringly violates the Constitution. That was no big issue for senior most IAS officers. But, smaller issues may lead to big differences. LV Subrahmanyam was removed as Chief Secretary on the issue of staff in temples. Many law-abiding bureaucrats got themselves sidelined. Now, Ajay Kallam and PV Ramesh were also shown the door.

Interestingly, CM Jagan is giving greater importance to an officer whose handling of issues like Capital shifting that show no sign of any amicable solution or resolution. Question arises whether the present reshuffle of top officials is yet another indicator of Jagan Reddy’s determined efforts to continue his reverse rule. Is it a symptom of inexperience and negligence? The Government faced embarrassment on many issues handled by Praveen Prakash. Yet, he gained the confidence of CM and he was given key departments now. The approach of Praveen Prakash in implementing CM’s decisions was controversial from the beginning. He was unmindful of the results but implemented CM’s policy decisions which won him appreciation. However, the results of these actions are potential risks in terms of long-term interests of the State. Praveen has handled Capital shifting, house sites for poor and replacement of State Election Commissioner. All these issues still remained unresolved. Capital shifting and SEC issues ended up in protracted court battles.

LV, Ajay Kallam and PV Ramesh were humiliated and shown the door. The first one year was indeed controversial in Jagan rule despite a little sober influence of these senior most administrators. Now, Praveen Prakash, who somehow implements Jagan decisions, has got total control. The coming years will see Jagan regime taking even more controversial decisions and implementing the same regardless of criticism from the public and the opposition.

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AP new districts another weapon for Opposition?

The main opposition Telugu Desam Party, Jana Sena, BJP, CPI, CPM and other parties are making non-stop attacks on Jagan Reddy regime on a whole variety of issues. In just one year, the CM has given scope for rivals to attack on a long list of burning issues like sand shortage, sand smuggling to other states, liquor mafia, suppression in local bodies polls, house sites, land acquisition, Coronavirus test kits, bleaching powder purchase, ambulances and so on.

Within the ruling YCP, many leaders are worried at the way there is rising criticism against the Government policy decisions. Amid this, the ruling party leaders are increasingly worried about another likely controversy. Jagan Reddy’s decision to form new districts is giving sleepless nights not only to the opposition but also to YCP MPs and MLAs. The Government has indicated recently that each of the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh would be converted into a district. So, AP will have 25 districts in place of the existing 13.

There are many concerns on this now. Former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao has openly said this would push their Srikakulam district several decades backwards. If parliamentary segments are to be made districts, several assembly segments in Srikakulam would have to be merged with Vizianagaram. Similar concerns are there among leaders in other districts as well. In some cases, the LS constituency headquarters would be located in a different district while its majority assembly segments are present in another district. Very soon, new districts are expected to become a reality. As usual, the Opposition will have yet another weapon to lash the ruling party hard if a proper exercise was not made.

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For the third time, SC refuses to stay HC order reinstating Ramesh Kumar as SEC

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In a blow to the Jagan government yet again, the Supreme Court for the third time refused to stay the Andhra Pradesh government’s high court order that had set aside the appointment of Justice V Kanagaraj as state election commissioner. This would mean that Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar would continue as SEC till further orders.

On June 2, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order as sought by the state government and questioned its decision to bring out an ordinance to remove Kumar.

Hearing a Special Leave Petition filed by the AP government seeking the Supreme Court to give a stay on HC verdict to reinstate Ramesh Kumar, a three-judge SC bench, comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy, had warned the government not to play with the constitutional functionaries.

On June 24, the Supreme Court again refused to stay the HC order and observed that the removal of Ramesh Kumar as SEC was not done in a bonafide manner.

It may be recalled that the Andhra Pradesh government in an act of political vendetta removed Ramesh Kumar as the SEC after he had put off the elections to civic bodies citing the spread of coronavirus.

In a brazen display of vindictive politics, the state government brought in an ordinance in a tearing hurry to remove Ramesh Kumar by reducing the SEC term from five to three years. Following this, Ramesh Kumar dashed off a letter to Union Home Ministry stating that there was a grave risk to his life and that he and his family members were receiving threat calls from the YSRCP leaders.

After removing Ramesh Kumar, the Jagan sarkar had appointed 76-year-old retired Tamil Nadu judge Kangaraju as SEC. Ramesh Kumar had moved the High Court challenging the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to remove him as SEC.

At least 13 petitioners questioned the sanctity of the ordinance to remove Ramesh Kumar as SEC. On May 29, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had struck down the state government’s Ordinance reducing the tenure of the SEC from five years to three years. Subsequently, the Andhra Pradesh government had filed a Special Leave Petition in the SC seeking a stay on the High Court order.

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AP’s Covid-19 tally rises to 21,197 with 1,178 new cases

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Andhra Pradesh surpassed its highest single-day tally yet again on Tuesday with 1,178 cases. With this, the state’s Covid-19 tally zoomed to 21,197.

The bulk of new cases was detected in six of the state’s 13 districts. Guntur reported 238 cases, followed by Anantapur (153), Visakhapatnam (123), East Godavari (112), Srikakulam (104) and Krishna (100).

State health officials said compared with 16,712 tests on Monday, 16,238 tests were conducted in the preceding 24 hours.

During the day, 762 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the cumulative tally of cured persons to 97,456. As on Tuesday, 11,200 people are receiving treatment at hospitals and Designated Covid Centres in the state.

The state reported 13 deaths during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 252. Seven deaths were reported on Monday. Kurnool reported 4 deaths, followed Anantapur (3), Chittoor and Visakhapatnam (2 each), and Prakasam and West Godavari districts (One each).

Though there has been a decline in incidence of new cases among returnees from other states, Telangana continues to contribute the highest number of cases.

Of the 22 new cases reported in this category, 13 were Telangana returnees. Returnees from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat accounted for two cases each and Rajasthan one.

Till date, 2,257 returnees from other states have tested Covid-19 positive.

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B-day, big day: CM Jagan to go to Idupulapaya for 2-day visit

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is going to Kadapa district for a two-day visit on July 7 and 8. This is to mark the YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s birthday celebrations. The Government has planned lots of programmes to launch new developmental schemes and inaugurate old works in Pulivendula and Idupulapaya surroundings.

Originally, YCP leaders had big plans to celebrate the YS birthday on a massive scale. But they have changed their plans to step down a bit in view of the Coronavirus threat. There are many foreign returnees from the Gulf countries in Kadapa district. The infections are also spreading fast there in recent days. Amid this problem, the Government is taking steps to avoid big crowds during the CM’s visit.

Jagan will pay his respects and tributes at his father YSR memorial at Idupulapaya estate tomorrow. He would stay at the Idupulapaya estate guest house itself for the night. After paying his tributes tomorrow, CM will take part in various developmental activities and then return to Amaravati Capital City.

A special flight is being engaged for the CM from Gannavaram to Kadapa. After becoming CM, Jagan Reddy has not announced major developmental works in any district. His priority from the beginning has been for Cash Transfers by pressing the button sitting in his Tadepalli residence. But, he has sanctioned hundreds of crores worth development works in Pulivendula and Idupulapaya. Hence, the CM’s present two day tour has assumed lot of significance.

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With record 1,322 new cases in 24 hrs, Andhra tally crosses 20k

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With a record 1322 positive cases detected over the past 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh’s Covid-19 tally shot past the 20,000 mark on Monday. The latest update takes the cumulative tally of Covid-19 cases to 20,019, which includes cases detected among returnees from other states and foreign countries.

State health officials said that compared to the 20,567 tests conducted on Sunday, only 16,712 tests were conducted in the preceding 24 hours. Incidentally, the state had surpassed the one million mark in testing with 10, 17,140 tests conducted till Sunday.

As many as 424 persons were discharged from hospitals on Monday. As on Monday, 10,860 affected persons were receiving treatment at hospitals and designated Covid treatment centres in the state. The cumulative tally of cured persons now stands at 8920.

The death toll dipped substantially on Monday, with 7 deaths reported during the past 24 hours from different parts of the state. Srikakulam reported the highest number of 2 deaths, followed by one death each in Anantapur, Chittoor, Krishna, Guntur and Visakhapatnam districts. The death toll in Andhra Pradesh on account of Covid-19 stood at 239 on Monday.

Guntur reported the highest day tally of 197 cases followed by East Godavari with 171 cases, Anantapur with 142 cases and Kurnool with 136 cases. Other districts that reported substantial cases in the preceding 24 hours include Chittoor with 120 cases and Visakhapatnam with 101 cases.

Continuing the trend of the past few days, returnees from Telangana figured prominently among the positive cases detected in returnees from other states. Of the 56 new cases that were reported in this category, the high of 42 positive cases belonged to Telangana returnees. Of the remainder, 6 of the Covid positive samples belonged to returnees from Karnataka, 3 cases from Tamil Nadu and 2 cases each from Odisha and Maharashtra. Apart from this, one case from Kerala was also reported.

Till date, 2235 persons have tested positive for Covid among the persons who returned from other states. The active cases tally in Andhra Pradesh is 802, while 1434 persons have been cured till date.

In terms of foreign returnees testing positive, all the 3 new cases were of persons with a travel history to Kuwait. The cumulative tally of Covid patients in this category stands at 419, while 235 persons have been discharged after getting cured. As of Monday, 184 persons in this category were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

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Karnataka Congress lauds Jagan Reddy over ambulances

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Congress senior leader and Karnataka former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has heaped praise on AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy for launching over a thousand ambulances at one time in AP. Siddaramaiah lauded Jagan just to criticise the BJP Government in his state. From the beginning, the government ambulance services were given a priority in AP. Now, Jagan has given lots of publicity to these services and strengthening them further in order to cherish his father YSR’s pet programme forever.

However, Siddaramaiah says that while accidents’ victims were getting prompt support in AP thanks to ambulances, such victims were dying in Karnataka state due to lack of such services. He asked whether the Karnataka Government would at least wake up after seeing Jagan drive and begin efforts to rescue victims of accidents.
Siddaramaiah’s praise came as a big embarrassment for the Congress leaders in AP now. It is a well known fact that the Congress was reduced to a zero in AP because of Jaganmohan Reddy. One particular community shifted their loyalties en masse from Congress to YCP. Consequently, the Congress has lost deposits and could not win a single MLA seat successively in 2014 and 2019 elections. Jagan Reddy is solely responsible for single-handedly crushing the Congress. How can Siddaramaiah praise Jagan?

After this, AP Congress leaders have launched efforts to do damage control by explaining about the AP politics to Karnataka leadership.

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Liquor smuggling reason for AP COVID restrictions on borders?

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The Jagan Reddy government is facing bigger challenges in tackling liquor issues more than anything else. Especially, the smuggling from Hyderabad and Telangana areas on the borders are a major concern.

The smuggling reached unimaginable proportions of late. The demand for liquor from other states has increased manifold. The tipplers are not preferring the brands being sold at the government outlets in the state.

As a result, there are rumours that the AP government has taken a hard stand to keep the borders closed despite the Central relaxations on interstate travel. This is being done in the name of Coronavirus outbreak. However, Telangana is not tough against those entering its territory from AP though the problem was higher in Hyderabad city. Economic recovery was the reason for this. But, AP was not relaxing at all even though it is not vulnerable due to lack of international airport, metropolitan cities and major IT hubs.

Many people are still arriving at the border and going back to Hyderabad following restrictions by the AP police at the borders. It seems there is no immediate solution. The tipplers are unhappy that the quality brands from long-standing companies are not being made available in AP. At every given opportunity, they are preferring to get liquor from other states.

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With 765 new cases, Andhra’s Covid tally swells to 17,699

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Andhra Pradesh reported on Saturday that 765 samples tested positive during the tests conducted in the last 24 hours ending 9 a.m. The latest single-day tally takes the cumulative figures of Covid-19 cases to 17,699, including cases detected among returnees from other states and foreign countries.

A comparatively low number of tests were conducted during this period. In contrast to the 38,898 tests conducted on Friday, only 24, 962 tests were conducted in the preceding 24 hours. The state has conducted 9,96,573 tests till date.

Health officials said that 311 persons were cured and discharged from different hospitals on Saturday. While 9,473 affected persons are currently being treated in the hospitals, the cumulative tally of cured persons now stands at 8,008.

The death toll over the past 24 hours climbed up significantly with 12 casualties reported from different parts of the state on Saturday. Kurnool and Srikakulam reported 3 deaths each, followed by Visakhapatnam and Chittoor (2 each), and Kadapa and Vizianagaram (1 each).

The Covid death toll in Andhra Pradesh stands at 218 as on Saturday.

Yet again, Anantapur recorded the highest single-day tally with 127 cases, followed by Kurnool (118), East Godavari (102), Kadapa (73), Krishna (70), Chittoor (67) and Guntur (60).

On Saturday too, returnees from Telangana contributed significantly to the tally of new Covid cases. Of the 32 new cases that were reported in this category, 23 were detected among Telangana returnees.

Three Covid positive samples belonged to returnees from Delhi, while 2 were from West Bengal. Till date, 2,143 domestic returnees have tested positive for Covid-19.

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837 new corona cases in Andhra, total nears 17K

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Andhra Pradesh reported 837 more coronavirus cases in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday, taking the state’s corona vases to 16,934, the state nodal officer said. Eight deaths reported from different parts of the state took the state’s death toll to 206.

Health officials said that 258 more patients were cured and discharged from hospitals on Friday, taking the tally of cured persons to 7,632.

As many as 9,096 persons are recieving treatment for Covid-19 at different hospitals in Andhra Pradesh.

As many as 38,898 tests were conducted in the preceding 24 hours, taking the overall number of tests conducted till date to 9,71,611 till date.

On Friday, Kurnool reported 4 deaths, Chittoor 2 deaths and Krishna and East Godavari districts 1 death each in the last 24 hours.

Anantapur reported the highest daily tally of 149 cases, followed by Prakasam with 139, and Kurnool with 116 cases. Guntur with 80 cases, West Godavari with 57 cases, East Godavari with 56 cases and Visakhapatnam with 54 cases.

On Friday, 27 returnees from Telangana were among the new cases, apart from 9 returnees from Karnataka, and 3 from Delhi. Two cases each from Rajasthan and West Bengal were reported while 1 case was reported from Tamil Nadu. Till date, 2,111 returnees from other states have tested corona positive.

Only two new cases were reported among foreign returnees on Friday — one person with travel history to Saudi Arabia and a returnee from Singapore. The total patients in this category are 409, of which 160 persons were cured. As many as 249 persons in this category are undergoing treatment in hospitals.

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Jagan launches APCOS, 50% reservation for women

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Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday formally launched the Andhra Pradesh Corporation for Outsourced Services (APCOS).

In a video-conference from his camp office in Tadepalli, the Chief Minister announced that about 50 per cent reservation will be given to SCs, STs, BCs and minorities, while another 50 per cent of the outsourcing jobs will be reserved for women. The outsourcing workforce from the housekeeping staff to security personnel and from the district to Secretariat level will be recruited through the APCOS.

Jagan announced the appointment of 50,449 outsourcing employees, letters to this effect were handed over to them. Stating that the Andhra Pradesh government had set up APCOS to ensure transparency in recruiting outsourcing staff, he said, “I will ensure that the salaries will be paid to all the outsourcing employees under APCOS on the first of every month without fail. The salary will be credited directly into your bank accounts on time with benefits such as EPF and ESI. The government will ensure transparency in recruitments and payments. We will ensure there is no room for corruption,” he assured.

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AP Governor approves Appropriation Bill: Line clear for salaries

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The YCP Government will now be able to pay salaries to the State Government employees. It could not pay salaries on July 1 because the Appropriation Bill was not passed in the AP Council. As a result, the bill was held back for 14 days as per the norms. Now, the bill has been approved by Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan.
With the Governor’s approval, the line has become clear for the Government to pay the salaries without further hurdles. It may be recalled the Appropriation Bill was passed in the Assembly during the last budget session. But, it could not be passed in the Upper House following a deadlock between the ruling YCP and the opposition TDP MLCs.

The YCP Ministers and MLCs criticised that the TDP had deliberately created problems to the government by stopping the passage of the bill. Whereas, TDP Floor Leader in Council Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said they have agreed to pass the Appropriation Bill it was taken up first but the ruling party did not cooperate with it. Ramakrishnudu said that the YCP had obstructed its own bill out of its lack of proper guidance and ignorance of legislature practices.

Whatever, the Governor’s approval would be in force for three months from now. The non-passage of the Appropriation Bill would continue to create hurdles for the Government if it did not give priority to this bill. The YCP was more interested in passing 3 Capitals and CRDA Repeal Bills.

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Covid-19 tally in Andhra Pradesh crosses 16,000

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The number of Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh crossed 16,000 on Thursday with 845 people testing positive during the last 24 hours, health officials said.

The state also reported five fatalities, pushing the death toll to 198. Srikakulam, Krishna, Guntur, Anantapur and Kurnool reported one death each.

According to the media bulletin by the State Command Control Room, 14,285 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Of them, 845 tested positive. It included four returnees from abroad and 29 from other states.

The health department said 281 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recoveries to 7,313.

At present, 8,586 patients were undergoing treatment — 6,673 in hospitals and 1,913 in COVID care centres.

Among districts, Kurnool remained the worst-affected with 2,120 cases, including 75 added during the last 24 hours. With 1,823 cases, Anantapur has the second highest number. The district reported 134 new cases, the highest daily jump among all districts. Krishna district has 1,594 cases, including 75 reported during the last 24 hours.

The state has so far tested 9,32,713 samples, one of the highest in the country.

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2024 poll: Prashant Kishor team begins work for Jagan

Political and election strategist Prashant Kishor has entered Andhra Pradesh administrative scene yet again. There are still four years left for 2024 elections but CM Jagan has already begun his election work. This time, the PK team is going to play a crucial role in village-level and ward-level activities. For this, a new Field Level Organisation is being formed and this would be functioning under the direct control of the PK team. This agency will keep a close vigil and virtually control ‘volunteers’ network all over the state.

It is well known that the village secretariats idea was given by Prashant Kishor. CM Jagan has duly implemented this and formed the necessary village level set-up. Now, after one year of his rule, Jagan Reddy has brought in PK once again into the picture. The PK team is being given all the powers to oversee distribution of all government benefits to voters at street and family levels through the eyes and ears of volunteers.

The PK is also going to recruit mandal level organisers to control the volunteers network directly. Practically, the revenue officials at different levels including District Collector may no longer be in the picture. As on today, both Jagan Reddy and PK team were considering ‘volunteers’ crucial for bringing the YCP back to power in 2024 polls. As of now, they are still under control of the Government employees. But, soon, they will come under total control of the private teams engaged by the ruling party. PK strategy is to project volunteers more as YCP agents and less as Government functionaries. So that the voters, who get benefits under different programmes, will continue to patronise the YCP rule for years to come.

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Showtime: Jagan flags off 1,088 new 104, 108 ambulances

A spectacular show was put up by CM Jaganmohan Reddy at Benz Circle, a busy place in the heart of Vijayawada city. The CM flagged off a 1,088 strong fleet of new ambulances for 104 and 108 services. Jagan Reddy along with Ministers and MLAs stood there on the dais waving his hands, as the ambulances passed by on the highway.

The Government inducted these new vehicles to augment the ambulance services and take healthcare services further within the reach of the people. Some of these new ambulances were equipped with advanced life support systems, others were fitted with basic life support and there are separate vehicles for the neo-natal support. The ambulance services have been a pet programme of Jagan Reddy family since the days of his father YSR regime.

As part of this, CM Jagan has been further improving these services as a prestigious programme. The government is implementing a new service to provide up to Rs. 50,000 worth healthcare in the first 48 hours of anybody injured in a road accident.

The government has appointed 744 doctors especially to provide services on these vehicles. They will be even conducting medical camps in remote villages by travelling in these ambulances.

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