Karnataka CM favours lifting lockdown in Covid-free districts

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Yediyurappa said that if Prime Minister allows states to take a decision based on the ground situation, he will lift the lockdown in districts, which have no coronavirus cases. 

If Centre allows states to take a decision on lockdown based on the ground situation, the Karnataka government will lift the lockdown in districts which remained free of coronavirus infection, says Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

He told PTI on Wednesday that the state will get revenue only if people are allowed to go about their business. The state’s revenue collection has been remaining static since the lockdown was declared since March 25.

He said that his government would allow people to go about their business and move about within the district and not from one district to another, after April 14, after taking the approval of the Prime Minister.

He said that the government had also decided to ask the legislators to take a 30 percent cut on their salary and also to relax liquor sales after April 14 in a bid to increase state revenues

According to officials, there were no COVID-19 cases in 12 districts of the total 30 districts in the state. As on Wednesday, there were 181 COVID-19 cases in the state, including five deaths and 28 discharges.

Yediyurappa said all kinds of revenue collections have completely stopped following the lockdown, adding, he was discussing with experts and Cabinet colleagues on a road-map for the state to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on economy.

The government would take up only those proposals which were "necessary and inevitable", he said adding that the other things will have to be stopped for the next 5-6 months.

Asked if government employees would also take salary cut, the Chief Minister said: We have not given a thought. Let’s see, we will discuss in the Cabinet depending on the situation. This month we have given salary to government employees, coming month what situation we face, let’s wait and see."

 

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