Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to provide a one time special financial aid of Rs 5,000 to Priests, Imams, and Pastors who are performing daily poojas and rituals during lockdown.

Speaking on Monday, Minister for Endowments Vellampalli Srinivas said that as per the directions of the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, one time special financial assistance of 5,000 was provided to religious service renderers (Archakas, Imams, and Pastors) in the state. For the same, reports were collected from the respective departments.

Chandanotsavam ritual at Simhachalam temple was also completed with full fervor without allowing devotees as per the guidelines, he said and added that food is being prepared in Annadanam temples and distributed to more than 50,000 people. District collectors, concerned officers, and NGOs are helping in this distribution.

Meanwhile, YSRCP MLA and Brahmin Corporation Chairman Malladi Vishnu said the government is giving 16,500 pensions under the corporation and soon the pensions will be considered under the YSR Pensions scheme.

According to the government, under the Brahmin credit society, 500 groups would get the loans with Rs 3 crore through Arundathi and Vashishta schemes.

Meanwhile, the hotbeds of coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh continued to register new positive COVID-19 cases for past few days. The number of infected has shot up to 1,177 with the addition of 80 new cases in the last 24 hours in Andhra Pradesh.

Fortunately for the second consecutive day, no COVID-19 deaths were reported in Andhra Pradesh. The death toll remained at 31 in the State.

The Krishna district which has emerged a new hot bed of COVID-19 cases in Andhra, crossed the double century mark with a total of 210 cases, with 33 new COVID-19 positive cases on Monday, the third highest in the State.

The Kurnool district which reported 13 new cases on Monday, topped the table in the state with 292 cases. The Guntur district stood second place in the State with 237 cases with an addition of 23 cases.

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