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Telangana former chief secretary Somesh Kumar met AP chief secretary K S Jawahar Reddy at Velagapudi secretariat on Thursday. He was already relieved by the Telangana state government following directions from the high court and the Union government.

Somesh Kumar was originally allotted to the Andhra Pradesh cadre in June 2014 at the time of bifurcation of the state. However, he approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and secured permission to stay with the Telangana state.

The Central government had challenged the CAT orders in the Telangana high court in 2015. After prolonged delay, the high court had set the CAT orders aside and justified the Centre’s allotment of the IAS officer to Andhra Pradesh.

As the high court orders were out, the Centre had issued orders directing Somesh Kumar to report to the Andhra Pradesh government following which he reported to the AP chief secretary.

Later, Somesh Kumar also called on chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at the latter’s Tadepalli camp office.

Meanwhile, sources say that Somesh Kumar is contemplating on taking voluntary retirement, once he joins services in Andhra Pradesh. He is scheduled for retirement in December this year.

The AP chief secretary is one year junior to Somesh Kumar and it is to be seen whether he would work under the junior chief secretary or would take VRS.

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196 clusters in AP, Srikakulam corona cases all members of same family: Jawahar Reddy

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The state government has identified seven new containment clusters after 10 new cases were reported, taking the total number of clusters to 196 in of the state and sounded a red alert to contain the spread of coronavirus, principal secretary Jawahar Reddy informed on Saturday.

Addressing the daily briefing on the corona situation in the state, Jawahar Redd said three members of the same family in Srikakulam’s Pathapatnam were tested positive for the virus. One member the family came in contact with Tablighi Jamaat attendee in South Delhi’s Nizamuddin and that 67 people came in contact with members of this family. The contacts were being identified, 29 of them were sent to quarantine facilities in the state.

These containment clusters are largely in the urban and peri-urban areas, he said. The maximum containment clusters of 122 are in urban areas, 74 clusters are in rural areas. He said the government has recruited 1,270 doctors, a majority of them have been sent to the most affected districts such as Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna. Further, Jawahar Reddy said most patients were found to be suffering from hypoxia, a, form of oxygen deprivation caused by hypoxemia, which occurs when there are low oxygen levels in the blood. He said the patients are being managed with a device called a pulse oximeter that measures oxygen levels before the dip too low. “Their oxygen saturation levels are being tested, we are managing with pulse oximeters,” he informed.

On Friday, health special chief Secretary K S Jawahar Reddy said the state government is making all efforts to insulate the green zones from the effects of corona virus, while restricting cases in red zones. “Protect the green, restrict the red is the government’s motto,” he said. However, on Saturday Srikakulam entered the list of corona affected districts with three cases reported from the district.

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Do not criticize, appeals Jawahar Reddy. But why not?

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As Andhra Pradesh saw the biggest single-day spike in new corona virus cases on Thursday, health special chief Secretary K S Jawahar Reddy said the state government is making all efforts to insulate the green zones from the effects of corona virus, while restricting cases in red zones.

Andhra Pradesh saw the biggest single-day spike in new corona virus cases on Thursday. The state recorded the most coronavirus cases in a single day with 80 reported on Thursday. It brings the total number of cases in the state to 893, according to the government heath bulletin. The virus has so far claimed 27 lives in the state.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Jawahar Reddy who reviewed the corona situation spoke like a typical politician asking the media not to carry negative reports. “It is perfectly okay if you do not appreciate our work, but ensure that you will not criticize our efforts to contain the spread of the virus. The government’s motto is to protect the green, restrict the red.” The health special chief Secretary said currently around 573 mandals were declared as green zones, 56 red, 47 orange zones by the state government.

In the recent past, the state government was criticized for procurement of rapid testing kits from South Korea at a cost higher than other states. The criticism did not go well with the state government. Another serious criticism the state government had to face from the Opposition was on the front of testing. TDP president and former CM’s N Chandrababu Naidu often expressed concern that the state was not testing enough. However,, Jawahar Reddy said the government was conducting around 3480 test each day in the nine labs across the state. “So, far we have tested around 48,000 people,” he said.

The government also came under sharp criticism for shortage of medical supplies. However, Dr Sudhakar Rao from Narsipatnam and Nagari Municipal Commissioner K Venkatrami Reddy were suspended for their ‘adverse comments’ on the government with regard to Covid-19 crisis. A video of M. Reddy, which showed him criticising the government for blocking the accounts and not supplying the medical equipment such as masks and necessary gear, was widely circulated in the social media.

Trashing reports that there was a shortage of medical supplies, Jawahar Reddy said there is a stockpile of around 1.40 lakh N95 masks, 45 lakh masks, 31 lakh gloves and that the government had placed an order for more medical gear.

Further, the YSRCP MLA was criticized for violating lockdown rules. YSRCP MLA Madhusudhan Reddy took out a rally in Chittoor’s Srikalahasti, what many called as a vulgar display of power. The YSRCP MLA took out a massive tractor rally to distribute rice to the people in Srikahalasti. At the rally, there was a large turnout of the YSRCP MLA’s supporters, a posse of police personnel on bandobast duties, revenue and ward secretariat staff in full attendance. Post the rally, Srikalahasti reported 36 cases, at least 13 of them are government employees, police officers who were part of the rally bandobast. Till that time not a single corona case was reported in Srikalahasti.

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