Hyderabad: The state cabinet has decided to give 11-hour relaxation in the Covid lockdown every day. The relaxation will be from 6 am to 5 PM. There will be a one-hour grace period for people to reach home. It also decided to enforce strict lockdown from 6 PM to 6 AM. In view of rising COVID cases in Satthupalli, Madhira, Nalgonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Munugode, Devarakonda, Miryalguda Assembly segments, the cabinet decided to extend the lockdown.

The cabinet also accorded sanction to grant 4, 46,169 ration cards. The cabinet instructed the officials to issue the ration cards within 15 days.

Officials of the Medical and Health department toured Satthupalli, Madhira, Nalgonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Devarakonda, Munugode and Miryalguda Assembly constituencies and recommended another ten days extension in the lockdown with the existing curbs. Based on their recommendations, the cabinet decided to extend the lockdown with relaxation from 6 AM to 1 PM and another hour as a grace period.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet had an in-depth review on the Monsoon cultivation and the readiness of the agriculture department. It hailed the increase in paddy cultivation under the Kaleswaram and other irrigation projects jurisdiction. Three crore tonnes of paddy were produced. Nearly 1, 06, 03, 927 acres of land is under paddy cultivation.

The cabinet congratulated Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy and other officials for this feat. The group of ministers led by Chief Minister K ChandraShekar Rao also instructed the officials that AEOs in 2601 Clusters should be available with Rythu Vedikas to advise farmers about the crops.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has said that so far 84 lakh tonnes of Paddy has been procured and instructed Chief secretary Somesh Kumar and the district Collectors to complete the procurement of the remaining paddy immediately.

The cabinet also instructed them to prepare for monsoon cultivation. The cabinet also congratulated Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Srinivas Yadav and other officials for their efforts in encouraging sheep rearing and fish farming. Ministers have taken a decision to constitute a Sub Committee to deal with Ration dealers' commission. Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar will be the Chairman and Ministers T Harish Rao, T Srinivas Yadav, Sabita Indra Reddy, and Indrakaran Reddy would be its members.

The cabinet gave permission for Telangana Special Food Processing Zones in nine districts except for Hyderabad. The cabinet instructed the officials to set up Rice Mills and other Food process industries in not less than 250 acres.

The State cabinet has decided to appoint a subcommittee to review the situation in the government hospitals. Finance Minister T Harish Rao would be the chairman of the Committee and other members include Ministers Jagadeeshwar Reddy, Srinivas Yadav, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Srinivas Goud, Sabita Indra Reddy, and Satyavathi Rathod.

The subcommittee to tour Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to study the situation and submit a report.

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