Don’t open schools for another 3 months: Former CM Siddaramaiah

Mysuru, June 5:- “Covid-19 scare is increasing day by day. But the government is planning to reopen schools and colleges. The government should not come to any decision in a hurry. Schools and colleges should not be opened for another three months,” suggested former chief minister and Opposition party leader Siddaramaiah.

He was speaking at a press meet held at his residence in the city on Friday (June 6).

“Schools and colleges should be held in two shifts – morning and afternoon. If children get affected, it will be problematic. I have suggested the same to Education Minister Suresh Kumar,” he said.

“If children get infected, it will transmit to family members as well. The government should open schools after taking all precautionary measures. The same should be applied to all schools,” he said.

“Coronavirus has no vaccination right now. Wearing face masks and getting sanitised is the only solution. Children who attended school in France got infected. I have seen it in news channels. The government should make preparations for reopening the schools, but should not reopen now,” he advised.

“If I were to be chief minister, I would have given Rs 10,000 each to one crore people. I am suggesting the same to B S Yediyurappa. He says he will get a loan of Rs 53,000 crore. Let him give Rs 10,000 each to one crore people from that,” he said.

Responding to making veteran party leader Mallikarjuna Kharge as Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha election, Siddaramaiah said that he has already recommended the name of Kharge. Apparently, Kharge is also interested in going to Parliament as an RS member.

Congress leaders Dr H C Mahadevappa, M K Somashekar, Chandrashekhar and others were present. (MR/KS)

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