Amidst the countrywide lockdown due to outspread of coronavirus, K Chandrashekhar Rao, Chief Minister, Telangana has appealed to migrant workers not to panic but remain in the state during the lockdown.
The CM called the worker family who contributed to building the state and said, “You (workers) are our family, equal stakeholders in building Telangana. Therefore, it is our responsibility to take care of you. Do not leave, the government will provide food and stay. Each family will be allocated with 12 kg of ration. Besides this, a family of four will be given Rs 2000 for their well being. Workers, irrespective to which state you belong to, need not panic or leave the state.”
The CM then informed about the losses that the state has suffered due to the COVID-19 situation and lockdown and said that loss this month is around Rs 12,000 crore without taxes and GST collection. Moreover, he said the financial situation is grim and paying salaries of the officials this month would be difficult. Rao said, “If the situation demands, we may have to pay the salaries in instalments. Also, we may stop payment salaries of MLAs/MLCs.” The financial condition of the state will be reviewed before getting onto any conclusion regarding salary cuts or other such payments. In this time of crisis everyone has to come forward to bear problems that have come up due to the Corona situation, the CM added.
The CM again assured the workers that the government will come to their aid for providing them food and shelter. The government will purchase the entire paddy and maize crops by giving MSP for farmers and asked the workers not to panic. “We have allotted nearly Rs 30,000 crore to civil supplies corporation and Markfed even in these difficult financial conditions to ensure MSP for farmers. We require around 75 lakh gunny bags to procure food grains from farmers of which around 35 lakh are currently available,” the CM added.