Amaravati: While the nation is fighting the Coronavirus outbreak, which has now affected over 640 people all over the country, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Thursday, instructed the officials to provide dry-ration at home for the students studying in all government schools during the lockdown period as part of the Jagananna Goru Muddha (mid-day meal) scheme.
In regard to this, the Chief Minister held a review meeting with the officials of the Education Department on Thursday. He will also discuss about the planning of the next 20 days in lockdown for the state, later in a press conference.
The process of the Jagananna Goru Muddha scheme is that, through village and ward volunteers, the dry-ration will be handed over to the students at their doorstep, with complete care and precautionary measures. The Chief Minister further instructed the officials to ensure 100 per cent distribution of ration to all beneficiaries in the State.
In addition to this, the Chief Minister also took a decision to cancel all the examinations for the students studying 6-9 classes and promote them to the next class as the scenario for conducting examinations after the 21-day lockdown were looking bleak.
As of today, the state of Andhra Pradesh has reported a total of 10 positive cases for Coronavirus. Section 144 has also been imposed in the state whereas the timing for collecting essentials, groceries has been set from 6 AM to 1 PM everyday. The Jagan government also made sure that social distancing is part of each individual as and when they come out of their house. In order to implement this, he decided to stagger the Rhythu bazars. Chalk outlines were drawn for each person coming to purchase stuff, with fair amount of distance from each other.
As an example, Rhythu bazar in Vijayawada was made to follow all the rules when people came to purchase on Wednesday. The vendors also had masks on their face as a preventive measure.