Raipur: No one should sleep empty stomach in the state- CM Bhupesh Baghel

Chhatisgarh/Raipur: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today reviewed the relief measures to prevent infection of Covid-19 during lockdown in all districts through video conferencing from his residence office here today. He said that no one should sleep hungry in the state. Good arrangements have been made to provide food and ration materials to all the needy people. Ration should also be provided to families who do not have ration cards. It was informed in the video conferencing that the work of distributing two month ration to ration card holders in most districts is towards completion.

He said that there will be no shortage of financial resources for prevention and control of infection of Covid-19. Allocation of Rs 60 crores has been issued to the Health Department. The Chief Minister held a detailed discussion with the officials as to how relaxation can be given in lockdown in the coming times as well as how to strictly observe the lockdown for the next three days. Mr. Baghel said that strict action should be taken against those spreading the rumour. Make the general public also aware of the rumours.

The Chief Minister reviewed the status of distribution of food, ration materials for the needy and labourers, distribution of two months ration from fair price shops, provision of Covid-19 hospitals, quarantine centers, isolation centers and relief camps in districts and the status of implementation and law and order in the video conferencing. Officials said that arrangements have been made for Covid-19 hospitals and wards, quarantine and isolation centers in all the districts. Those who may be prone to infection are being regularly tested by the staff of the Health Department. Adequate arrangements for masks, sanitizers have been made in the districts. During the review, Chief Secretary Mr. R.P. Mandal, Director General of Police Shri D.M. Awasthi joined through video conferencing. Additional Chief Secretary Shri Subrata Sahu and Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister Ms. Soumya Chaurasia were also present at the Chief Minister’s residence office. Commissioners and Inspector Generals of Police in the divisional headquarters and District Collectors and SPs attended the video conferencing.

Mr. Baghel said that large-scale works will be started in the state under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The Gram Secretaries and Employment Assistants of Gram Panchayats should be instructed to stay at their headquarters. Physical distancing should be taken care of during the work and all safety measures should be strictly followed. The economy of the world has collapsed due to the corona virus crisis. In Chhattisgarh, 80 percent of the people live in villages, by sanctioning more and more work to Gouthan in villages, Gouthans should be developed as livelihood centers, which will in turn strengthen the rural economy.

The Chief Minister said that during the lockdown, purchase of small forest produce like Mahua on support price has been made through forest committees and self-help groups. If the trader is willing to buy small forest produce at a price higher than the support price, they should not be stopped. They should also be allowed for transporting, so that the forest dwellers can get good value for the forest produce. Mr. Baghel instructed the officers to campaign for the repair of hand pumps in the entire state in view of the summer season. He said that permission should also be given to open shops for spare parts of hand pumps.

CM. Baghel said that during the lockdown, good arrangements have been made in all the districts of Chhattisgarh with officers and employees of all departments and social service organizations cooperating fully with the district administration.This has created a new identity of Chhattisgarh across the country. There is a discussion of Chhattisgarh model in the country. He thanked all the people for the excellent arrangement. Mr. Baghel said that officers and employees and all those engaged in this work should work with care, taking care of their health. He directed to provide ration to those people who do not have ration card in every gram panchayat and urban areas on priority basis. The Chief Minister gave instructions to make arrangements for food and stay of people returning to villages at some place outside of the villages.

During the review of Korba district, Collector and SP stated that the focus has been on sanitization in Katghora. Police patrolling is being done through vehicles and bikes throughout the region. Monitoring is being conducted through drones and CCTV cameras. Masks, sanitizers, PPE kits have been provided to police personnel, health workers, sanitation workers. Barricading has been done on the border of nearby villages. The location of the personnel on duty is being monitored through Google Map. Ration is being delivered at people’s home. Mr. Baghel told the district collectors in the video conferencing that all the necessary arrangements should be made for the labourers of Chhattisgarh who are stranded in other states by communicating with the administration of that state.

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