Karnataka gearing for covid-19 vaccination: Home Minister

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November 24, 2020

Bengaluru, Nov 24: A state-level steering committee headed by the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will be formed to monitor Covid-19 vaccination in the State, Minister for Home Basavaraj Bommai announced here on Tuesday.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference to chalk out India's vaccination strategy.

According to Bommai, the government is planning to emulate arrangements made during elections to administer the vaccine to the general population.

The Prime Minister has directed that arrangements for vaccination centres will be similar to preparations at the booth-level for elections. These centres should be formed and workers should be trained for the exercise," Bommai said.

A digital platform will be developed to collate inoculation data, as people who are vaccinated might require two or three doses to achieve resistance to the Covid-19 virus, the minister said.

The vaccine will be distributed on priority to 30 crore people in the country, which will include one crore health workers, two crore corona warriors, 26 crore citizens aged above 50 and the remaining for those with comorbidities, Bommai pointed out.

As many as 50 vaccines are undergoing clinical research throughout the world. Of them, some 25 vaccines are in an advanced trial stage and five are undergoing trials in India. Companies such as Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy's Lab, PharmaGenica are ready to manufacture different vaccine candidates when they are cleared by regulatory bodies, Bommai said.

Since the exact date for vaccination is still unclear, people should be wary of the disease as the battle against Covid-19 will continue, he added.

According to a statement from Health Minister K Sudhakar, the government has identified 29,451 vaccination sites and 10,008 vaccinators as per the Universal Immunization Programme norms.

Karnataka has around 2,855 cold chain points for vaccine storage and distribution, Sudhakar said. “With a view to have a better supply chain network and distribution of vaccines in a timely manner, three new regional vaccine stores will also require additional walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers to be supplied,” he said, adding that the state already had 10 walk-in coolers and 4 walk-in freezers. “The Centre is going to supply three walk-in coolers and 2 walk-in freezers for which necessary civil works are being initiated,” he said.

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January 14,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 14: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar on Thursday demanded judicial inquiry into allegation by BJP Legislator Basanagouda Patil Yetnal to the effect that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has 'succumbed to blackmail' through CD and made a MLA Minister.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr Shivakumar said that, ''My allegation to the same effect at Karwar recently was ignored, but now since the allegation was made by a ruling party Legislator, only a judicial probe can come out with truth. This case comes under criminal procedure.''.

Mr Yetnal has also questioned the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax institution, so only an inquiry by a High Court judge can unearth the truth, the Congress leader said.

Challenging the BJP to make the country 'Congress free' as it claimed, Mr Shivakumar said BJP came to power in the State because of money power.

On expansion of the cabinet by Mr Yediyurappa, he said that BJP MLAs themselves are making allegations against the Chief Minister and it is a shame on a party which claims to be the most disciplined in the country.

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January 9,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 9: Karnataka Minister for Animal Husbandry Prabhu Chauhan said there was no case of bird flu (H5N8) reported from any part of the state, however, officials have been asked to maintain utmost caution and alertness.

The State is already on high alert after Bird Flu was reported in two districts of neighbouring Kerala State.

The Minister, who held a high-level meeting of senior officials of various departments concerned, instructed that a meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners of respective Districts be held immediately to keep a vigil and take all precautionary measures against the Bird Flu, according to a release from the Minister's office.

Transportation of poultry and its products from Kerala into the state had been totally prohibited, he said.

Bird flu has been reported in parts of Alappuzha and Kottayam, prompting officials to cull birds, including ducks and chicken there.

Deputy Commissioners of the districts in the border have been directed to take preventive measures by holding district-level disease control committee meetings.

Chauhan said directions have also been given to have proper coordination between forest, urban and rural development, and police departments.

Forest officials have been directed to be vigilant about symptoms of flu or unnatural death of birds in Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts bordering Kerala, he added.

The Minister also said officials have been asked to maintain utmost care at poultry areas, especially bird sanctuaries and water bodies.

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January 6,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 6: The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka has requested its member schools to consider giving fee concessions for students.

In a statement here, Association General Secretary Sashi Kumar said they sent communication to member schools and advised that schools can reduce fees after working out the expenses. “There are some heads where the school management can actually consider reducing the fee. For instance, the transportation fee and special development fees can be considered for concession,” he added.

“Some of our member schools have already considered fee concessions and announced 25 percent reduction,” he added.

The Association issued this advisory following reports about some schools demanding full payment of fees. Some parents even alleged that the school management had blocked online access of classes for students who had not paid the fees in full and also barred some students from offline classes for the same reason, he added.

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