Chandigarh, March 24, 2020 ( By YS.Rana): Haryana Government has decided to immediately issue
appointment letters to 447 recently selected doctors as medical
officers, even it has created a revolving fund of Rs 100 Crore each for
key departments at the forefront of battling COVID-19 including the departments of Medical Education and Research, Health, Revenue, Home and Urban Local Bodies for COVID-19 related mitigation measures.
Besides several other decisions were taken during the meeting of the Crisis Coordination Committee held under the Chairpersonship of Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora here on
It was decided that the appointment letters shall be issued in relaxation of the conditions of character verification and medical examinations in a bid to fill up all vacant posts at once. It was decided that testing facilities at private labs will also be begun soon at least 4 places and that 50 percent of their capacity would be reserved for the usage by the Government. The cost of tests referred by
the Health department to these facilities would be borne by the state government. The private testing labs would be mandated to inform the Health department regarding testing reports of all cases including the private cases not referred by the health department.
A decision was also taken in the meeting that the existing government testing facilities shall be augmented and efforts will be made to create new testing facilities also on top priority. Apart from
this, N-95 Mask Supply would be expedited by coordinating with the suppliers so that emergency staff and officials on duty in health department, etc could be provided with the same on an emergent basis.
Also, essential medicines especially Hydrochloroquine and chloroquine supply would be ensured in sufficient quantity and if necessary, the same would be increased manifold. Besides, private ambulances would be requisitioned on a need basis by the Deputy Commissioners concerned.
However, it would be ensured that critical cases including delivery cases are prioritized as per the existing practice.
It was decided that a decision would be taken regarding planning and notifying dedicated COVID Hospitals. Initially, four such hospitals would be designated and later it would be expanded as per
the requirement. Apart from this, all Deputy Commissioners would take decisions locally to issue passes for movement of personnel and vehicles, etc. as per need. With regard to Chandigarh and Panchkula
Offices, the Home department would be Nodal for coordinating with Chandigarh UT administration to facilitate the issuance of passes and transit of essential services, officials and staff.
It was also decided that DCs would requisition at least 5 Buses and Trucks for maintaining and transport of essential personnel and commodities. The Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board
(HSAMB) would ensure that the private mandis running without due permission would be restricted to ensure social distancing norms. It would also be ensured that private retail vendors should not charge
the exorbitant price of essential items like vegetables, fruits etc.
The decision was also taken that the Home department would ensure that appropriate directions are issued to the police personnel involved in the implementation of lockdown that essential services
including the movement of supply chain commodities and services like HAFED, VITA, Banking personnel, Sanitation, Public Distribution System (PDS), Health and Para-Medic staff, BPO etc. should remain uninterrupted. They would also make sure that the transit of essential
goods and personnel to neighboring states like Himachal, Punjab
should also not be disturbed.
Among those present in the meeting included, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Department Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home Vijai Vardhan,
Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs P.K Das, Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary Power T.C
Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance including many senior officials of various departments.