Hyderabad: With the Mahatma Phule’s 193rd birth anniversary falling on April 11, amidst the nation-wide lockdown, the Telangana government has issued a circular banning all public meetings, gatherings and rallies. As of April 10th, the State has so far reported 442 COVID-19 cases.

The circular issued on April 8th, stated, “The government has decided not to hold any public meetings, gatherings and rallies on 11th April this year. People should pay tributes within the confine of their homes.”

The decision comes in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown, along with various other containment measures imposed in the State.

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, an anti-caste social reformer and thinker, had worked extensively for the annihilation of caste and emancipation of women. His birth anniversary is celebrated on a grand scale in various parts of Telangana. Phule’s jayanti was declared a state festival in 2018.

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