Chhatisgarh/Raipur: In the high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel at his residence today, post-lockdown measures to prevent COVID-19 and strategy to resume economic activities in the state were discussed in detail. The meeting was attended by all the ministers and senior officials of the state government. In the meeting, employment opportunities for migrant laborers and relief measures for various sections of society were discussed in detail. Keeping in view the problems arising, Tehsildars have been authorized to give permission for organizing wedding functions. The process of permission has been made simpler and easier. No relaxation will be provided in red zones and containment areas. As per the Government of India’s guidelines, restrictions on malls, cinema halls, political meetings, social events will remain effective as before.
In the meeting, it was decided that the shops will be allowed to open six days a week, and taking precautions including physical distancing will remain compulsory as before. Opening shops six days a week will help in preventing crowding in one place. Resumption of commercial-economic activities will also help in reviving the economy and providing employment. In the meeting, the idea of restarting the maximum number of industries in the state was deliberated upon. Post-lockdown, 1371 factories in the state have started functioning again. Nearly one lakh three thousand laborers have returned to work in these factories.
In the meeting, Chief Minister Baghel gave instructions to arrange for televisions, radio sets, etc for the entertainment of migrant laborers in quarantine centers. Mr. Baghel also directed to take services of psychologists for counseling of laborers. Chief Minister gave instructions to conduct yoga and other motivational activities in quarantine centers with the help of NGOs. Mr. Baghel suggested the officials concerned to organize stress-buster routine. Chief Minister said in the meeting that it is important to solve the ration and employment-related problems of laborers returning to the state. For this, ration cards and MNREGA job cards should be issued to them as soon as possible. A list of skilled and semi-skilled laborers should be prepared and provided to the local industries. This will help laborers to get regular employment and the industries will get the manpower required.
Best possible steps have been taken in Chhattisgarh to control COVID-19 infection, to provide relief during lockdown and to bring back life to normalcy, said Chief Minister. All the departments have worked with better coordination to help the people in need. Government-administration has worked diligently for better management in cities to prevent COVID-19 and to create awareness about the disease in rural areas as well, said Chief Minister. He added that funds required for the COVID-19 test, treatment, and prevention will be provided by the Health Department with priority.
It was informed in the meeting that to date two lakh 12 thousand migrant laborers have been brought back to the state. To date, 53 shrank special trains have arrived and 68 are proposed. District Collectors have been sanctioned Rs 18 crore 28 lakh from State Disaster Relief Fund and Rs 4 crore by State Government for helping the laborers stranded in other states. Rs 66 lakh 73 thousand were transferred into the bank accounts of migrant laborers in various states. Health Department was also provided Rs 75 crore from the State Disaster Relief Fund.
The meeting was attended by Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Health Minister Mr. TS Singhdeo, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Cooperatives Minister Mr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Singh Bhagat, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhendiya, Labour Minister Dr Shivkumar Dahariya, Revenue Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agrawal, Industry Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, PHE Minister Guru Rudra Kumar, Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahu, Health Secretary Mrs. Niharika Barik Singh, Food Secretary Dr. Kamalpreet Singh, Social Welfare Department Secretary Mr. Prasanna R, Chief Minister Secretariat Deputy Secretary Ms. Saumya Chaurasiya and other senior officials.