CM thanks representatives of PRIs for their continuous support in fighting COVID 19

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji while addressing the Panchayat Pradhans of various Gram Panchayats of Shimla and Bilaspur districts today through video conferencing from Shimla thanked the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions for providing wholehearted support to the State Government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.

Chief Minister said that the representatives of the PRIs have also played a major role in providing face masks and food to the needy and the poor. He said that most of the Panchayats have done great work in motivating the people to maintain social distancing and use of face masks and face covers while going out of homes. He said that the representatives of PRIs have ensured the availability of basic necessities to migrant laborers.

Package of 20 lakh Crore ensures the welfare of all section of the society: CM

 Jai Ram Thakur Ji thanked the Union Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing Rs. 20 lakh crore economic reforms package for the country. He said that the package envisages the welfare of all sections of the society and something to offer for each and every sector. He said that the State would immensely be benefitted by this package.

40,000 crore additional amount for MGNREGA will provide much needed help to the rural economy: CM

 Chief Minister said that Rs. 40,000 crore additional funds have been provided for MGNREGA which would definitely help in generating more employment opportunities in the rural areas besides improving developmental infrastructure in rural areas of the State. He said that the announcements regarding package for MSMEs would also help the industrial sector in the State in the post-COVID-19 era.

Social distancing and Quarantine norms must be followed: CM

 Jai Ram Thakur Ji said that the State Government has been getting SOS messages from thousands of Himachali people stranded in various parts of the country was and providing all possible help to bring them back. He said that this has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of corona patients in the State. He said that prevention and social distancing was the only remedy which could check the spread of this virus.
 Chief Minister said that all the people coming from other states were being kept under quarantine. He said that the role of the elected representatives of PRIs becomes all the more important at this time. He said that no one should be allowed to jump home quarantine and if a person does not follow quarantine protocol the same could be brought to the notice of the district administration so that the violator could be shifted to an institutional quarantine center.

Panchayats have played a crucial role in preventing the spread of COVID and must maintain the rigorCM

Jai Ram Thakur Ji said that Pradhans were one of the most important part of our democratic setup as they head the grass-root institutions of the democracy. He said that their proactive role in the development of their areas as well as in social issues was of paramount importance. He said that Pradhans should come forward to help the poor and migrant labourers in providing them food and shelter. He said that panchayats must also come forward to provide face covers and masks to the people.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar while welcoming the Chief Minister in the video conference said that the corona pandemic has badly affected the economy of the country. He also thanked the Chief Minister for adopting a proactive approach to bring back the people of Himachal Pradesh stranded in different parts of the country. He said that to date five trains have arrived from different parts of the country to bring back stranded Himachalis. He said that, after a proper medical check-up, these people have reached their homes and it becomes the duty of the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions to ensure that they do not jump home quarantine.
 Chairperson Zila Parishad Shimla Dharmila Harnot, Chairman Zila Parishad Bilaspur Amarjit Singh Bagga, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Narain, district Shimla Naresh, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Balghar Bilaspur district Rachna Devi, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Behal Bilaspur district Ram Kumar Sharma, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Nandpur, Jubbal district Shimla Shakuntala Devi, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Kui, Rohru district Shimla Surinder Verma also shared their views on the occasion

CM presides over Video Conferencing with DCs, SPs and CMOs

While presiding over the video conferencing with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers from Shimla today Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji directed the officers to ensure regular medical check-up of the people kept in institutional quarantine besides ensuring proper conditions of these quarantine centres.

Quarantine centers must be equipped with basic amenities:

Chief Minister said that a team of doctors must visit the quarantine centres so that people staying there gets better health care facilities. He said that aged people and chronic patients should be provided all the required health facilities and if required they should be shifted to health institutions. He said that proper facilities such as separate wash room facilities must be ensured in these institutions. He said that if required, hotels could also be requisitioned to be used as institutional quarantine centres. He said that this would instill confidence amongst the people staying in these centres.

Health workers and PRIs have to play an important role in educating people:

Jai Ram Thakur said that the district administration must ensure that prior information is provided to the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions regarding arrival of Himachalis coming from other parts of the country.He said that the health workers should visit the houses of such persons before their actual arrival so that family members could be sensitized regarding social distancing. He said that the health workers and representatives of PRIs must also ensure that the house have proper facility of isolation and separate wash room. He said that in case this facility was not available the persons should be shifted into nearby panchayat ghar, yuvak mandal bhawans, mahila mandals and community centres etc.

One Nation One Ration card is launched to facilitate migrant laborers:

Chief Minister said that the State Government has started the national scheme ‘One Nation One Ration’ Scheme in the State to facilitate the migrant labourers. He said that it must be ensured that the migrant labourers get free food grain for two months. Those labourers who do not have ration card would also be provided free five kilogram wheat or rice per person and one-kilogram pulse per month, he added.
Jai Ram ThakurJi said that efforts should be made to motivate the persons coming out from institutional and home quarantine to act as brand ambassadors to sensitize other people regarding social stigma associated with it.