BJP Karnataka claims PM Modi gave Rs 3497 crore to 217 construction workers!
BJP Karnataka claims PM Modi gave Rs 3497 crore to 217 construction workers!
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BJP Karnataka official Twitter account is back at headlining on social media for a hilarious numeric goof up. The handle shared a tweet glorifying Modi government and its financial aid to workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The tweet stated, “PM @narendramodi Government is supporting Workers during the #COVID pandemic.

Rs. 3497 crore financial assistance given to 217 Construction Workers

Rs. 20,226 crore released for States under MGNREGA

Rs. 16,211 crore transferred to 10.6 lakh Employees”

However, the math blunder around construction workers made netizens go ROFL. BJP Karnataka went on to rectify it not once but twice. The error was ‘217’, which was changed to ‘217 crore’, and later ‘2.17 crore’.

Karnataka has reported 11 more COVID-19 positive cases, taking the state's total tally to 576, a health official said on Friday.

"Till date, 576 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 22 deaths and 235 discharges," the official said.

Six more coronavirus patients got discharged, rising from 229 to 236.

Of the new cases, seven are men and five women, including two Mandy boys below 13.

Eight of the new cases are contacts of earlier cases, while four Mandya youngsters in their mid-20s had a travel history to Mumbai, the official added.

With further easing of lockdown norms despite its extension by 2 more weeks, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Friday urged migrant workers to stay back, as economic activities would soon resume across the state.

"I request migrant workers to stay back in the state and cooperate with us to resume economic activities under the new guidelines from the Central government," Yediyurappa said in a statement here.

Admitting that migrant workers were the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as it had stalled economic activity, the Chief Minister said the state government had advised the industry and trade bodies to protect their jobs and pay March and April wages to them in full.

"As the Covid-19 situation in India is much better than in other countries, we are resuming economic activities from May 4 as per the new guidelines," asserted Yediyurappa.

The Union Home Minister on Friday further extended the lockdown up to May 17 from May 4 after its 19-day second phase since April 15 ends on May 3. The first phase of 21-day lockdown began on March 25 and ended on April 14.

Yediyurappa's appeal came a day after state Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar appointed nodal officers to oversee the movement of migrant workers and students to their respective states across the country by special train and buses from Bengaluru and other cities across the state.

"The South Western Railway zone has also agreed to run special trains to ferry migrant workers, pilgrims, students, tourists and other persons, stranded since March 25, to their states after the state government screens and certifies them to be free from the virus symptoms," a state official told IANS here.

According to the state labour department, there are over 2 lakh migrant workers in Karnataka, who have been housed at hundreds of relief camps in cities and towns across the southern state, as they were stranded because trains and buses were suspended since the lockdown was enforced on March 25 and extended on April 15.

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