Telangana govt implementing programmes for tribals welfare:CM

Hyderabad, Aug 9 (PTI): The Telangana government is implementing a plethora of programmes for the welfare and development of tribals in the state, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Monday. Rao greeted tribals on the occasion of World Tribal Day and described the tribal people as pure people who live as part of nature. They are the symbols for true affection, love, compassion and other such values, which still exist in human society, a release from the CMO said. Rao said his government is providing education, medical, drinking water and power supply in tribal hamlets and had also created special medical facilities for them, adding the government was able to prevent the deaths of tribals due to viral fevers. "The government fulfilled the aspirations of the tribals... our rule in our Thanda (hamlet).The tribal Thandas and Gudems were converted into Gram Panchayats to make the tribals part of self-rule (self-governance).The government had provided them with an opportunity to become sarpanches and be part of the state administration," Rao said, according to the release. Safe and pure drinking water is supplied through Mission Bhagiratha Programme even to the remote Gond Tribal Gudems (small village), he said. Rao further said for the education of tribal boys and girls, the government had created exclusive Residential Gurukulas and imparting them international level education with all the facilities. The Chief Minister said forest land survey will be done and the issues regarding the 'Podu' lands would be solved very soon. Museums are being set up at several places to protect tribal culture, Rao said, adding the government is organising the festivals of Sammakka-Sarakka, Nagoba, Sevalal Maharaj on a large-scale. The government is spending several crores of rupees on these festivals and getting them recognition all over the country and the world. Special measures are being taken under the CM ST Entrepreneurship Scheme to make tribals entrepreneurs and businessmen, according to the release. PTI VVK BN BALA..

Doctors to visit every house to screen people for COVID-19

Bengaluru, Aug 9 (PTI): To detect COVID-19 cases, the city civic body - Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) - would launch a programme involving doctors making door-to- door visits, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Monday. The Minister, who held a meeting with officials of the civic body to assess the COVID-19 situation, said the programme would be launched on August 16. To start with, two wards would be selected in each Assembly segment, he said. A team of doctors, paramedics and ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers would visit every house and screen the households. For this, an app has been developed wherein the patients would be screened for any symptoms and co-morbidities. The data would be uploaded on the app, the Minister's office said in a press statement. The doctors would collect details whether the residents were vaccinated, the statement said. In case of any symptomatic patients, on-the-spot tests would be conducted and medical kits provided, it said. "We have also decided that a team of doctors will reach a household within six hours of a patient testing positive. We will provide medical kits also and they will have the names and phone numbers of the doctors," the statement said. The patients, quarantined at home, can contact the doctors any time and this would help the doctors monitor the infected, it said. Gradually, the door-to-door visits by doctors would be extended to all the 29 lakh houses in Bengaluru, the statement said. Initially, around 108 teams would be despatched, it said. Noting that the daily COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru have been around 400 over the last 40 days, the Minister said, "Currently, 181 patients have been admitted to the government hospitals and 462 to private hospitals.".A huge number of cases were being reported from Yelahanka, Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli constituencies, and most of the cases were from apartments. "We will ask marshals and health officers to keep tabs on apartments and if anyone is stopped, criminal action will be initiated. We will come up with detailed guidelines soon in this regard and keep tabs on hotels also," he said. "We will review the COVID-19 situation after August 15 and take tough decisions if the situation warrants," he added. PTI KSU NVG..