Bengaluru: Curfew extension almost certain, package for poor families likely

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, May 17: By the way things are moving, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the government will extend the lockdown-like curfew at least till the end of May. At the same time, the government is expected to come out with a package for the affected poor families.

The current curfew will be on till May 24 as per the current orders. Already some discussions have taken place at the government level on the issue of its extension by a week. Many of the members of the state cabinet are in favour of such a measure. There is also a demand to enforce total lockdown in districts like Bengaluru urban where the infection remains high.

As in the past, the government is worried about the prospects of losing the revenue on account of suspension of commercial operations. It is also true that saving the lives gets precedence. Therefore, there have been suggestions to extend the curfew by three weeks. Experts and technical committee members are totally in favour of complete lockdown while the government is thinking of continuing with curfew.

Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa, will be holding video interaction with the deputy commissioners, zilla panchayat chief executive officers, and district health officers On Monday May 17. Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be holding video interaction with the deputy commissioners of 17 districts of Karnataka including Dakshina Kannada and Udupi which have high rates of infection, on Tuesday May 18. After this programme, the state ministers will meet and discuss the desirability of extending the curfew and also the need to impose total lockdown.

In the meanwhile, under pressure from its own legislators and the opposition ones, the government is expected to announce a package to support poor families which have lost their earnings because of lockdown and their families are in dire straits.

'Lockdown extension - decision today after meeting CM' - Dr Sudhakar

State health minister Dr K Sudhakar said that chief minister, B S Yediyurappa, has convened a meeting on Monday May 17 evening where all the concerned will hold detailed discussions and take a decision on the extension of the lockdown.

Speaking to media persons here on Monday, he said that the corona second wave has been spreading fast in rural areas. He revealed that the discussions will cover the way the infected persons from villages should be quarantined, what type of treatment they should be subjected to, and how to spread awareness among the villagers.

Challenges, priorities before government

The first challenge the government encounters is vaccinating all the people in the state at the earliest. The next challenge is bringing the corona second wave under control in rural belts. "The infection is spreading more because of the fact that the infected persons get isolated at their homes. They do not follow isolation rules properly, they get isolated in houses without proper facilities because of which we have information that the infection is spreading. Therefore, the government has ordered that the infected persons should be kept in primary treatment zones in revenue division level and Covid care centres at the taluk levels. He asked the deputy commissioners to properly bring this order into practice.

New variant

Sudhakar said that the corona variant witnessed in the second wave is new to the country and it is not present in other countries. He said that the scientists are studying the same and that the government did not have the inkling that such a virus will make an appearance here.

He called upon opposition leaders to join hands with the government instead of playing politics. He said they are continuing to do politics and urged them if they are committed, to join hands with the government.

Sudhakar, as well as Ashok and Murugesh Nirani have supported the idea of extending the lockdown. The state government, it is felt, might make final announcement only after tomorrow's meeting of the Prime Ministers with the deputy commissioners from the state.







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  • Antony, Padil

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Where is the package announcement? People are starving without job and wages. We cannot afford lockdown for 3 years.

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  • kateel pai, vitla

    Mon, May 17 2021

    No brainer. Had to be implemented long back.

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  • Cynthia, Damarskatte

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Helping poor families really a blessed work. What about middle class family. Recognise needy middle class families and extend helping hand to them also... its difficult to survive without salary

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  • Sujith DSouza, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    This is India madam, not European country where in lockdown the government pays their citizens even there is a lockdown. Here they want revenue through wine shops. The city bus drivers families are starving.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Shortages of vaccines also Covishield 2nd dose duration increased now looks like less cases, these are vaccines? or virus spreaders is the question? No pilot testing done in one or two districts prior to mass vaccination of these hurriedly tested and released vaccines?

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    So an extension means that the current lockdown was not successful. Lockdown or no lockdown - politicians get paid (formally or informally) and are least bothered about the poor or salaried class.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 17 2021

    All my savings over if want to extend lockdown please provide mine 15 lakhs.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Whenever there is a calamity - covid, cyclone or earthquake, the government and politicians are happy because it is time to mint money, in all schemes money does not reach the deserving,it flows elsewhere. Lockdown as we have seen earlier, extends the calamity.QED.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Extending lockdown is not the only solution. Govt should ban all the gatherings and strictly enforce Covid guidelines. All the people should support.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Mon, May 17 2021

    A very noble thought but where do you live. Where i live which is comparatively rich and well educated everybody tries to follow covid protocols but simply don't have the resources. There is one grocery shop per thousand vegetable market is worse we have the best private health infrastructure but they are afraid to help because of legal issues of covid protocols. Officials don't have resources to help so instead they use law and order measures on hapless public.

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  • Sujith DSouza, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    You have made all poorer. Lockdown another 3 months. 3rd wave also will go

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Mon, May 17 2021

    If you are one such, please give me your Bank account details. Trust me, you will be an ABL.

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  • Sujith DSouza, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Bhavya , so kind of you.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    What an assembly of unscientific minded people as experts the government is relying to damage it's own economy and people at a single stroke. Lockdown is unscientific to control airborne infectious virus. Instead of unscientific measures the govt should come out of the shell it has built around and stop PCR Pandemic hoax by stopping the tests of healthy people who are projected by liars as spreading the infections to increase the number of inflected. Again this doesn't qualify to be a pandemic with recovery rate of same or less dangerous than seasonal flu like illnesses with 99.997%.

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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Govt is concerned about its revenue... but they want poor people to manage without income during lockdown...

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  • Francis Lewis, Sasthan

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Package for Poor family ok but what about Middle class ?? No work and No payment. How to survive ?? Politian no problem as they will get everything timely.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Next time if at all we survive hunger let us boot out this insensitive govt which doesn't let us work to earn our livelihood and wouldn't compensate our loss for a fake pandemic scare to market vaccines and take our freedom away.

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  • Ahmed, Ahmed

    Mon, May 17 2021

    True, middle class due to social stigma will never going to beg, I got to know thru NGO during last year lockdown many usually well off family struggled badly , government should consider blanket support for all population at the same time, able folks and NRIs should consider donating to CM’s fund.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Why only our country is subjected to worst situation in comparison to rest of third world or back ward countries of the world ? Answer is known but its too late to regret.

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Mon, May 17 2021

    If the curfew extension is almost certain. then why wait and issue orders at the last minute. This has happened before and see how are going through a hard time.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Please don't let people Die ...

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    ...Of hunger

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