Karnataka govt announces measures for those suffering due to COVID-19 lockdown

B.S. Yediyurappa pti Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa | PTI

Amid the bleak times, Karnataka government has announced several relief measures for the poor who have been badly hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Steps are being taken to provide relief and essentials to the unorganised labourers in the state. Milk will be supplied to the poor free of cost until April 14. Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa himself handed milk packets to slum dwellers in Ashwath Nagar in Bdengaluru on Thursday.

Beneficiaries under the PM Kisan Scheme will be entitled to get a sum of Rs 2,000. It will be deposited to their accounts latest by April 10, 2018, said S. Suresh Kumar, minister of primary and secondary education, while briefing the media on Saturday.

A meeting of MLAs, MPs and Mayor of Bengaluru was held on Saturday under the chairmanship of the chief minister to discuss relief measures.

The state has responded generously to pleas to contribute to the Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund. A total sum of Rs 106.05 crore has been received as donations. On Saturday, KPTCL employees contributed a sum of Rs 18 crore, forgoing their salary for two days.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and Adichunchanagiri Math at Nagamangala have donated Rs 50 lakh each, Kumar said. The CM himself has donated his entire one year's salary to the fund.

Meanwhile, the state has reported 16 new cases of COVID-19, taking total tally to 144. Bengaluru itself has recorded 55 cases. Among those tested positive this week is a woman who is four months pregnant. She has been admitted to Victoria Hospital, Bengaluru..

380 samples of Tablighi Jamaat attendees from Karnataka have been sent for testing. Of the 214 reports received, 16 have been positive.