Stand united to fight against Novel Corna Virus Manohar Lal

Stand united to fight against Novel Corna Virus Manohar Lal

HARYANA NEWS

Chandigarh, March 23, 2023 (  YS.Rana ) : Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal today called upon the leaders of all political parties of the State to stand united to fight against the Novel Corna Virus.  He said that in this need of the hour, all the leaders including his own party and the opposition must stand shoulder to shoulder with the people we represent.

The Chief Minister while presiding over a meeting with the senior party leaders and opposition   through video conferencing here today urged the leaders to share their suggestions and make a appeal at their own level to the people of the maintain social distancing for prevention against   COVID-19.  Deputy Chief Minister, Dushyant Chautala was also present in the meeting and he also said that political parties must come together and join hands to ensure social well-being.

During the meeting Health Minister,  Anil Vij said that the State have already taken several precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and in the coming days more steps will be taken for the safety of the State people against the COVID-19.

Meanwhile, during the meeting the Opposition leader, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Abhay Singh Chautala praised the Chief Minister for taking several precautionary steps to fight against the COVID-19. They also shared their suggestions which could be taken for the well being of the State people like ensuring the availability of essential commodities, ensuring all medical facilities to the State people.  *****

Haryana Chief Minister,  Manohar Lal today announced a special financial package of about Rs 1200 crore per month to help those living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and people of Low Income Groups like daily wage workers, labourers, street vendors and  construction workers so that they do not face any difficulty to meet their day-to-day requirements during the period of lockdown.

            As per the announced package, all BPL families would be provided their monthly rations for the month of April free of cost. An amount of Rs 15 crore per month would be incurred on it. This would include rice or wheat as per their entitlement, mustard oil and 1 kg sugar. All school children enrolled in Government schools and all children in anganwadis would be provided dry rations for the period the schools and anganwadis are closed.

            The families registered under Mukhyamantri ParivarSamriddhi Yojana (MMPSY) are being provided Rs 4000 with contributions to the different insurance and pension schemes. As on date around 12.38 lakh families have registered under MMPSY. The balance amount of Rs 2000 per family would be released before March 31 to all the registered families whose verification has been completed. A further sum of Rs 6000 would be provided to such families in the month of April. An amount of Rs 720 crore per month would be spent on it.

            Those who have been registered with the Haryana Board of Construction Workers but have not registered under MMPSY would be provided a sum of Rs 4500 per month on weekly basis starting March 30, 2020. A sum of Rs 180 crore per month would be spent on it. The sum would be paid directly into their bank account. All BPL families who have not registered under MMPSY would also be provided a sum of Rs 4500 per month on weekly basis starting March 30, 2020. The sum would be deposited into their bank account. An amount of Rs 135 crore per month is estimated to be incurred on this.

            Poor persons who were earning on daily basis such as mazdoors, street vendors etc. may register with the Deputy Commissioner of the district on a portal that would be established by  March 27, 2020.  All such persons who are found eligible and have a bank account would be directly provided an assistance of Rs 1000 per week. An amount of Rs 45 crore per month would be incurred on it. All positive coronavirus patients, if requiring hospitalisation, would be given the benefit of free hospitalisation, irrespective of whether the treatment is in a private or government hospital. This package also include provision for providing salary support to the employees.

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  Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal said that with a view to defeat KOVID-19, the State Government has launched “COVID-Sangharsh Senani ” program in the State under which people could voluntarily  give their services by way of  assisting para-medics staff, doctors, nurses and district administration in combating Corona Virus.

        Manohar Lal was addressing the first Digital Press Conference here today.

            He said that those who are intended to voluntarily give their services in this hour of need could register themselves on the portal haryana.mygov.in and covidharyana.in. He said that district wise teams of registered volunteers would be constituted by respective Deputy Commissioners which would work in close coordination with the district administration to combat COVID 19.

Among those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mrs Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance  T.V.S.N Prasad, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister ,  V.Umashankar and Principal OSD to Chief Minister Mr Neeraj Daftuar.

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 With a view to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, Haryana Government has directed employees to work from home to ensure social distancing among them till March 31, 2020.

        Giving more information in this regard, an official spokesperson said that from March 24, 2020 till March 31, 2020 or till further orders all the Administrative Secretaries should ensure that 50 percent of Group B, C and D employees are required in their departments (including Municipal Bodies, Corporations and Societies) to attend the office every day and the remaining 50 percent staff should work from home (headquarters and in the field offices in all districts).

        He further said that a weekly roster of duty for Group B, C and D should be finalized and the employees should attend the office on alternate weeks. While deciding the roster for the first week, it is advised to include officials who are residing in close proximity to their office or use their own transport to travel to office, he added.

        He said that no official posted in districts should leave the station without permission of Deputy Commissioner. The Deputy Commissioner will have the discretion to requisition services of any official of any department for containing the spread of COVID-19.

        He said that, all staff working from home should be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times and all the employees of all the departments who are working from home should also raise awareness in respect of prevention of COVID-19 among the households through social media and other modes of communication. They should also send a compliance report to CS Office, he added.

        He said that social distancing norms and all precautions should be followed. It is directed that the entry of visitors is restricted in the offices but if absolutely necessary, such visitors may be admitted after proper screening i.e. thermal scanning and mandatory cleaning of hands with sanitizers.

        He said that the HODs and Heads of offices should ensure best hygiene practices among employees and regular sanitization of offices, equipment and vehicles.

        He further said that these directions are not applied to essential emergency services and supply of water and power.

        He further said that these orders do not apply to the departments of Chief Secretary, Revenue Department, Health, Home, Agriculture, Public Health Engineering Development and Panchayat, Power, Irrigation, Urban Local Bodies, Medical Education, Information and Technology, Cooperation, Finance, Excise and Taxation, Information and Public Relations, Town and Country Planning (HSVP), Food and Civil Supplies Department and, Corporations and Societies under respective Municipal Bodies. In these departments the Administrative Secretaries will decide the number and category of staff which they need to call to office for maintenance of essential services both at head office and at field level.

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  Haryana  Chief  Minister,  Manohar Lal today announced setting up “Haryana COVID Relief Fund”  for providing assistance to all those who are economically affected by the present situation. The Chief Minister announced the initial contribution of Rs 5 lakh from his personal savings towards the Fund. The Funds will be invited  from contributions from all those who are capable of supporting those economically affected.

            This was announced by the Chief Minister while addressing the first Digital Press Conference at Chandigarh today.

            He said that all MLAs will contribute one month’s salary to the Fund. All India Services Officers will be contributing 20 per cent of their salary to the Fund as an initial contribution. Contributions are being made by all Government employees other than Group D employees who shall contribute 10 per cent of their salary to the Fund. He also urged the people of the State to voluntarily contribute in this Fund. The contribution could be made in the State Bank of India (SBI) Account No 39234755902 with IFSC Code SBIN 0013180. The SBI branch is located at SCO-14, Sector-10, Panchkula.  He said that the contribution made to this Fund would be exempted from income tax.

            He said that Voluntary contribution from any organisation or person from Haryana, India or abroad and CSR contribution from any industry or business is also invited.  He assured that that the Fund will be utilised only for supporting those who have been badly affected by this pandemic situation.

            Among those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mrs Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mr Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr T.V.S.N Prasad, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr V.Umashankar and Principal OSD to Chief Minister  Neeraj Daftuar.

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  Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today announced a special financial package to help those living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and people of Low Income Groups like daily wage workers, labourers, street vendors and  construction workers so that they do not face any difficulty to meet their day-to-day requirements during the period of lockdown.

        Manohar Lal announced the financial package while addressing the first Digital Press Conference at Chandigarh today.

            The Chief Minister said that all BPL families would be provided their monthly rations for the month of April free of cost. This would include rice or wheat as per their entitlement, mustard oil and 1 kg sugar. All school children enrolled in Government schools and all children in anganwadis would be provided dry rations for the period the schools and anganwadis are closed.

            He said that families registered under Mukhyamantri Parivar Samriddhi Yojana (MMPSY) are being provided Rs 4000  with contributions to the different insurance and pension schemes. As on date around 12.38 lakh families have registered under MMPSY. The balance amount of Rs 2000 per family would be released before March 31 to all the registered families whose verification has been completed. A further sum of Rs 6000 would be provided to such families in the month of April, he added.

            The Chief Minister said that those who have been registered with the Haryana Board of Construction Workers but have not registered under MMPSY would be provided a sum of Rs 4500 per month on weekly basis starting March 30, 2020. The sum would be paid directly into their bank account. He said that all BPL families who have not registered under MMPSY would also be provided a sum of Rs 4500 per month on weekly basis starting March 30, 2020. The sum would be deposited into their bank account.

            He said that poor persons who were earning on daily basis such as mazdoors, street vendors etc. may register with the Deputy Commissioner of the district on a portal that would be established by March 27, 2020.  All such persons who are found eligible and have a bank account would be directly provided an assistance of Rs 1000 per week. All positive coronavirus patients, if requiring hospitalisation, would be given the benefit of free hospitalisation, irrespective of whether the treatment is in a private or government hospital, he further added.

            He said that all health workers and frontline workers involved in combating the pandemic would be provided accident insurance (ex-gratia) of Rs 10 lakhs. Government would ensure that all contractual workers with Government would receive their wages even if they were unable to perform their work during the period of lockdown. All industries and commercial establishments are being advised that they would not retrench or remove any employee for their absence during the period of lockdown. Assistance would be provided for facilitating e-payments. In case any domestic, commercial or small industrial consumer is unable to pay their electricity bills in time, then no surcharge or interest on delayed payment would be charged till April 15.

            He said that in case of delay in payment of water or sewerage bills by the due date, then no surcharge or interest would be charged till April 15. Similarly, the due date of all taxes under the Haryana Motor Vehicle Taxation Act would be extended by one month to April 30, 2020. Also, stage and contract carriage vehicles would be given 100 per cent exemption from the Motor Vehicle Taxation for the period they are not allowed to ply in view of the lockdown, he said adding that no penalty would be charged for any delay with respect to the vehicles, which become due for renewal/passing from  March 15, 2020 to April 30. A special package for agriculture and farmers shall be announced by the Government by March 28, 2020, he said.

            Among those present on this occasion included Chief Secretary Mrs Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mr Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr T.V.S.N Prasad, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister , Mr V.Umashankar and Principal OSD to Chief Minister Mr Neeraj Daftuar.

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  Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora has directed the Deputy Commissioners of the seven districts namely Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Panipat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Panchkula, where the lockdown in the territorial jurisdiction has been announced to set up Inter-State checkpoints on these routes. She said that all the commuters entering the borders should be thoroughly checked and should be allowed after investigation.

Along with this, shops of medicines, grocery shops, and other essential items will remain open in these districts and also packaging units, sugar, and rice mills will be opened. She said that social distancing norms should strictly adhere.

The Chief Secretary gave these directions while presiding over the meeting of the officers of the district administration of the 7 locked down districts through video conferencing here today.

The Chief Secretary further directed that during the lockdown period, the congregation of people should be prohibited in public places. She said that the public the transport system is completely closed; therefore the checking of people should be thoroughly done at Inter-district borders, while the employees working in government offices and essential factories should be allowed after showing their Identity cards.

She said that since domestic flights are not stopped, people who are going to the airport should only be allowed after checking their tickets. Apart from this, it should also be noted that if quarantine and isolation is stamped on people’s hands, action should be taken immediately as per the advisory issued by the Health Department. Police personnel should also take care of their safety. Sanitizer should be provided at every block and police personnel should wear masks, the Chief Secretary added.

The Chief Secretary also directed that the workers should not gather on the labor Chowk. She said that shops of medicines, grocery shops, and other essential items will remain open in these districts. Apart from this, the warehouses related to the e-commerce platform will also remain open.

She further directed that restaurants etc. can be open in these districts and people can buy food and drink from there but they will not be allowed to sit and eat in the restaurants, rather they can take away the food.

The Chief Secretary also directed that liquor shops will remain open in these districts, only the Taverns will be completely closed.  She directed that the Shopkeepers should also ensure that people should not gather in large numbers and people should maintain a distance of one meter.

She said that auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws are closed, but auto rickshaws used to supply vegetables or other essential commodities will not be stopped. Newspaper distributors will also be exempt from this lockdown.

She said that the Deputy Commissioner should ensure that some grocery and Chemist shops are open at night also. The district administration should form a complaint monitoring group in collaboration with the municipal corporations and municipalities. Apart from this, the Deputy Commissioners can also take other preventive measures as per the circumstances in their respective districts.

She said that the Deputy Commissioner will interact with the Resident Welfare Associations to ensure that the work of cleaning and lifting of garbage from the households continue without interruption.

The Chief Secretary said that the main objective of this lockdown is that people should not be allowed to gather in large numbers so that the spread of the virus infection can be prevented. The Chief Secretary said that if there are too many grocery shops in a market, then it should be ensured that only a few shops open at one time instead of all the shops. Its purpose is to prevent people from mass gathering at one point in time.

She said that the Deputy Commissioner should set up a control room in their respective districts just like earthquake control room and share its number widely so that the public can get information about any query or complaint.

She directed the Deputy Commissioners to spread awareness about the lockdown so that people should be aware of the necessary guidelines. She informed that a control room has been set up today under the chairmanship of senior officer Dhanpat Singh,  while the officers from Food and Supplies, Health, Marketing, Co-operation Department will also be included in the Control Room.

She said that soon a website will be created, on which detailed information will be uploaded, so that if there is any confusion among people.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department,  Rajeev Arora said that the Deputy Commissioner should coordinate with hospitals both government and private and  also nursing homes in their respective districts and reserve 25 percent of the beds for Corona patients only.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department,  Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department  Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, and Farmers Welfare Department,   Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Department P. K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department, Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department,  T. C. Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department,  S. N. Roy, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, T.V.S.N. Prasad, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayat Department,  Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Transport Department Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Mines and Geology Department  Anand Mohan Sharan and Director, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, P.C. Meena and other senior officials were present.

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