Head of Home Ministry Amit Shah telephoned Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to get an insight on the impact of certain lockdown relaxations that were introduced on April 20.
Andhra Pradesh CM explained the measures taken by his government to contain the spread of COVID-19 and on top of this is the number of tests that are being conducted by the Andhra Pradesh government. At present, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government stand first in the country in terms of total number of tests conducted with 1,274 tests per million.
He also shed light on the condition of fishermen who are left stranded at Veravel in Gujarat and told Amit Shah that he has also discussed this this issue with Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman who also happens to be the Nodal minister of Andhra Pradesh.
He told Mr. Shah that the State government of Andhra Pradesh had designated senior IAS officer Satish Chandra to pursue the matter with the Finance Ministry.
“In response, Ms. Sitharaman has assured that an official from her office will be designated to take the issue to its logical conclusion. She has also promised to take steps to send the stranded fishermen back to their native State,” he told Mr. Shah.
He told Amit Shah that Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat have agreed on transporting the fishermen from Gujarat vis sea route but will be requiring permission from Home ministry to make it happen.
The CMO release could not tell anything about the Home Minister’s response on the issues raised by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.