Telangana Current Affairs - 2020

CM KCR launched the sixth phase of Haritha Haram Programme

By planting a sapling of a Black Plum at Medak districts Narsapur forest is on 25th June 2020, the Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao has launched the sixth phase of the Haritha Haram Programme. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a 636 acre Urban Forest Park at Narsapur.

Under the sixth phase of the programme, the target has been set to plant 30 crore saplings across the state. Out of the 30 crores, 50 lakh saplings will be planted in Medak district. The large scale tree plantation programme has also generated employment in the state as the pits for the plantation of saplings are dug under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Haritha Haram Programme

The programme was launched on 3rd July 2015 by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Through the programme, the Telangana state government has set a target to increase the forest cover in the state to 33 per cent from the 24 per cent (as per 2015 records) by planting a total of 230 crore saplings across the state.

As per records, a total of 182 crore saplings have been planted to date across the state. The saplings are planted across the state with the help of departments such as forest, municipal administration, Panchayati raj and rural development etc.

Supreme Court Calls for Uniformity in Fees for Covid-19 Testing

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in India, the testing fees charged has been a point of discussion. On 19th June 19, 2020, during a hearing at the Supreme Court, it was observed by the bench comprising of Justice S.K Paul, M.R Shah, and Ashok Bhushan that the fee for Covid-19 testing must be uniform or same across the country and has asked the Central Government to fix an upper price cap. As per reports, in some states, people have charged as high up to Rs 4500 while in some other states the charges are as low as Rs 2200.

During the last week of May, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had removed the earlier upper price cap of Rs 4500 (set by ICMR on 17th March) that it had set for Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests. The Supreme Court Bench stated that the upper limit must be fixed throughout the country.

States that currently have Upper Price Cap

  • On 17th June 2020, the Union Home Minister taking note of the rising Covid-19 cases in the National Capital New Delhi has set a price cap of Rs 2400 in New Delhi.
  • Uttar Pradesh has set a price cap of Rs 2500 for RT PCR tests.
  • Maharashtra has a price cap of Rs 2,200 for private laboratories.
  • In Telangana as well the price cap for RT PCR test has been set at Rs 2,200

Covid-19 in India

Until 18th June 2020, India has conducted tests of 62,49,668 samples with 3,80,532 samples being reported positive. The recovery rate stands at 53.79 percent. With 13,586 cases on 18th June- The highest number of single-day positive cases were reported.