All the religious leaders must motivate their respective communities to come forward in serving the humanity during the Corona pandemic. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while virtually addressing the representatives of various Religious Organizations of the State from Shimla today.
Chief Minister said that various religious organizations have come forward to help the Government by providing assistance in form of liberally donating towards Chief Minister Covid-19 Fund and providing their available infrastructure in the State to be used as Covid hospitals. He urged the religious organizations to come forward to help those in home isolation.
Jai Ram Thakur said that religious organizations should also motivate the general public in strictly obeying the Covid Appropriate behaviour. He also urged them to motivate their followers to help the people in distress and also generously help the needy. He also requested religious organizations to help the family members of the deceased of Covid-19 in performing the last rites of the deceased person as it has become a big challenge due to the nature of this virus.
Chief Minister said that since about 90 percent of the Covid-19 patients were in home isolation, therefore, it was important to keep their morale high besides providing them best medical treatment. He said that religious organizations can play a major role by motivating Covid-19 patients to adopt positive attitude.
Education, Language and Culture Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that the religious organisations and their leaders can play a vital role in motivating the people of the State to follow SoPs and guidelines of the State Government issued from time to time.
Member of Parliament Suresh Kashyap also shared his views on the occasion.
Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi said that the representative of religious organisations can play a major role in motivating the masses to collectively fight the pandemic. He said that there were about 40,000 active cases and about 2100 deaths were reported due to corona virus in the State. He urged the religious leaders to appeal to their respective communities to get themselves tested for Covid-19 virus in case they have any kind of symptoms. He said that delay in treatment leads to increase in fatality rate. He also urged the religious leaders to come forward to contribute liberally towards Chief Minister Covid-19 Fund which would go a long way in helping the needy during the time of distress.
State Head Art of Living Pankaj Sharma, Chet Ram Kondal and Janak Raj of Radha Swami Satsang Beas, President Gurudwara Singh Sabha Shimla Jaswinder Singh, Amrit Singh Shah from Gurudwara Nahan, Kamlesh Barwal form Art of Living, Chairman Wafk Board Rajbali, General Secretary Kinnour Mahabodhi Society Dodup Negi, Jai Chand Thakur President Kullu district Kar Daar Sangh, Lala Paljor of Lahaul Spiti, Pushp Raj Sharma assured the Chief Minister for all possible help from the religious organization to effectively fight the pandemic.
Director Language, Art and Culture Sunil Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion.
All the sanitary workers working in the Urban Local Bodies including Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils, Nagar Parishads and Nagar Panchayats would be provided an incentive of Rs 2000 per month for the month of April, May and June, 2021, keeping in view the vital services they are rendering in maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation in the urban areas. This was announced by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while virtually addressing the elected members of Urban Local Bodies in the State from Shimla today.
Chief Minister urged the representatives of Urban Local Bodies to remain in constant contact with the family members of the person in home isolation due to Covid-19 in their respective areas so that they do not face any difficulty and also get proper medical counselling and treatment. He said that they should also ensure that the people voluntarily come forward for getting themselves tested as it has been found that delay in going to hospital leads to deterioration of the condition and increase in number of deaths. He said that the people must also be motivated to come forward for vaccination. He also urged the representatives of the Urban Local Bodies to maintain better coordination with the health department for ensuring check spread of this pandemic.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the elected representatives of the Urban Local Bodies must also ensure that they not only motivate the people of their respective areas to strictly follow the guidelines and SoPs issued by the State Government from time to time, but also come forward to ensure that in case of unfortunate death of a Covid-19 patients, the last rites of the deceased were performed as per the protocol. He said that the State Government was also considering to provide PPE kits to nearest health institutions so that they could provide the same to the people so that last rites could be performed as per the protocol.
Chief Minister urged the representatives of Urban Local Bodies to come forward to help the needy at the time of distress. He said that steps must be taken to ensure that the migrate labour do not face any inconvenience and were motivated to stay back. He said that the representatives must also keep an eye on the people visiting their areas from other parts of the country. He said that they must be motivated to go for RT-PCR tests if they have any symptoms and also remain in home quarantine for atleast ten days. He said that the elected representatives must come forward to distribute face masks, hand sanitizers and food kits to the poor and needy. He said that the sanitary workers must be provided proper protection gears to ensure that they do not catch infection.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the sharp surge in the number of Covid-19 cases was a matter of concern. He said that the spread of this virus was faster in urban areas, thus it becomes vital for the ULBs to frame a strategy to check spread of this virus. He said that the pandemic has adversely affected the world economy, but the most important was to save the precious lives of the people. He said that the State Government has implemented Corona Curfew in the entire State to break the chain of this virus. He said that the vaccination process was also going on in the State smoothly. He said that vaccination for the people between the age group of 18 to 44 years would be started from 17th of this month. He said that the vaccination would be provided on first come first serve basis and the people would have to register themselves for vaccination. He said that the role of ULBs was also vital in ensuring that this campaign also goes smoothly in the State.
Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the representatives of the ULBs could play a vital role in helping the people in home isolation. He thanked the Chief Minister for sparing his time for interacting with the elected representatives of ULBs in the State. He said that the Chief Minister has personally visited all the districts of the State to review to Covid-19 situation in the State. He said that the ULBs must also come forward to help the family members of the deceased in performing the last rites. He urged the Chief Minister to ask the State Forest Corporation to provide free wood for cremation of the deceased.
Principal Secretary Urban Development Rajneesh while welcoming the Chief Minister in the video conference said that all the newly elected representatives of the Urban Local Bodies have effectively and pro-actively worked to check spread of corona virus in their respective areas. He said that the sanitary workers were ensuring that proper sanitization and disinfection was maintained in the ULBs by the sanitary workers of the Department. He said that the State Government was also ensuring that the Mukhya Mantri Shahri Aajivaka Yojna was being effectively implemented in the urban areas of the State.
Director Urban Development Abid Hussain Sadiq welcomed the Chief Minister and conducted the virtual meeting.
Mayors and Deputy Mayors of Municipal Corporations, Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and councillors of Nagar Parishads, and Nagar Panchayats, CEO and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporation attended the meeting virtually and also gave their valuable suggestions on the occasion. They also urged the Chief Minister to increase the Corona Curfew by atleast a week so that the chain of the virus could be effectively broken.
OSD to the Chief Minister Shishu Dharma, Advisor to the Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta, were present on the occasion at Shimla among others.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, while presiding over the virtual meeting with the Captains of the Pharma Industry of the State from Shimla today, urged them to provide their wholehearted support to collectively fight the pandemic.
Chief Minister said that the State has emerged as ‘Asia’s Pharma Hub’ and has been among the leading States in the country in helping the nation in fighting against Covid-19 pandemic since last more than one year. He said that during the first wave, India shipped 50 million tablets of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to the United States and Himachal Pradesh contributed by manufacturing HCQ in this global endeavour for safety of mankind.
He said that the role of Pharma Industry in fighting this pandemic was crucial and the Captains of Pharma Industry not only gave their wholehearted support to the State Government in fighting the Covid-19, but also provided assistance to the Government under the CSR. He thanked the Pharma companies for supporting the State Government in these difficult times by contributing funds for State’s Health Infrastructure, which was the top priority of the Government. He also thanked the industry for providing oxygen cylinders to the State, due to which the State succeeded in increasing the storage capacity by about 25 MT. He also invited the Pharma Companies for setting up manufacturing units for medical equipments such as Oxygen Concentrators, Cylinders etc.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the second wave of the pandemic was more devastating and the State of Himachal Pradesh has emerged as the lifeline for the neighbouring States of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi for oxygen supplies. He said that not only this, Covid Kit, approved by the WHO and several lifesaving medicines were being manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. He urged the Pharma companies to ramp up their production levels wherever possible and assured them that the State Government would provide all the required assistance and cooperation.
Chief Minister said that being professionals in the field, the State Government seeks partnership of the Pharma industry in making Himachal Pradesh one of the leading Exporters in Pharma Sector. He said that the State Government was focused on enhancing ease of business and with the support of Industry, the State has secured 7th position in All India ranking in Ease of Doing Business. He said that the State Government would sympathetically consider the demands of the Pharma industry for providing vaccination to the workers of Pharma companies on priority, keeping in consideration the supply of the vaccine for the State. He also assured the Pharma industry that all their demands and issues would be redressed at the earliest.
Additional Chief Secretary Industries Ram Subhag Singh said that ESI Hospital Kala Amb would be taken in hand soon and would be started at the earliest. He said that work has been awarded for construction of 220 KV sub station at Kala Amb in Sirmour district.
Director cum Commissioner Industries Hansraj Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other officers present in the meeting. He said that the State Government has ensured that the production in the Pharma industry goes uninterrupted. He also proposed vote of thanks.
President Himachal Pradesh State Drug Manufacturers Association Dr. Rajesh Gupta thanked the Chief Minister for providing all possible help to the Pharma Industry to keep their production going even during the lockdown last year and Corona Curfew this year. He said that Himachal Pradesh not only provides good environment but also assure good governance, good law and order, good industrial relations, which were boon to the industrial growth. He assured the Chief Minister that the association would provide all possible assistance to the State Government under the CSR.
Sanjay Suri of Morepen, Ashok Goyal of Tirupati Group, Dr. A.H. Khan of Sun Pharma, Viral Shah of Acme licenses, Sanjay Mishra of Cipla, B.R. Sikri, Suresh Uniyal of Farmanta Bio-Tech, Narayan Reddy and Chetan of Dr Reddy Labs, Rakesh Chitkara of Abbott, Deepak of Zydus Cadilla, Satya Shiv Dasai of Glenmark and Sanjay Singla also expressed their views on the occasion. They also urged the Chief Minister to provide vaccination of workers of Pharma industry on priority basis.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that in wake of increase in number of covid-19 patients, the State Government has decided to provide free treatment to the beneficiaries of Himcare and Ayushman Bharat Scheme to the covid-19 patients in registered private hospitals which have been dedicated as Covid Hospitals. He was presiding over a meeting with the senior officers of the State Government and members of Covid-19 Management Committees here today.
Jai Ram Thakur said that as many as 4.16 lakh families have been registered under Ayushman Bharat and 5.13 lakh families under State sponsored Himcare scheme till date. He said that all these families would now be eligible for the free treatment of covid-19.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government has succeeded in increasing the oxygen storage capacity by about 25 MT during last few days besides operationalizing PSA oxygen Plants in the State. He said that total 3080 bed capacity was available for the covid patients in the State which would be enhanced by 1100 beds in next few days. He said that the capacity of oxygenated bed was 2505 and the same would be enhanced in a phased manner.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has decided to prioritise few sections of the society for getting vaccinated keeping in view their nature of duty. He said that drivers and conductors of HRTC buses, drivers and conductors of private trucks and buses, fuel pump operators, PDS depot holders, teachers on covid duty, banks and finances service staff, staff of Food and Civil Supplies, chemists and lok mitra kendras operators would be provided covid vaccine on priority.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government has already initiated registration process regarding getting vaccination for the people between the age group of 18 to 44 years. The State has been allocated 1.07 lakh vaccine doses for this age group and the vaccination process would be started from 17th of this month. He said that vaccination would be done on first come first service basis as per time of registration.
Jai Ram Thakur said that a dedicated district level control room would be established in district to facilitate the covid patients in getting ambulances for hospitals and also drop back vehicles. He said that it must also be ensured that the ambulances have sufficient oxygen and other equipments so that patients being transported to the hospitals do not face any inconvenience.
The Chief Minister urged the various industrial houses to come forward for contributing generously towards Chief Minister Covid Fund. He also felt the need for proper utilization and mobilization of resources available in the State.
Presentations were made by Convener Logistics Committee Arindam Chaudhary, Convener Resource Mobilization Committee Abid Hussain Sadiq, Convener Covid-19 Patient/Ambulance Management Committee Dr. Rajesh Thakur and Convener IEC Committee Dr. Nipun Jindal.
Political Advisor to Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary J.C. Sharma, Principal Secretary Subhashish Panda, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi and senior officers attended the meeting.
The elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) must come forward to help in transportation of Covid-19 patients under home isolation to hospital well in time in case their health condition deteriorates so that they could be ensured proper treatment in the hospital. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while interacting with the elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions virtually from Shimla today.
Chief Minister urged the elected representatives of the PRIs to keep a strict vigil during the current marriage season as it has been found that at many times, the people flout the SoPs issued by the State Government in this regard. He said that the elected representatives must ensure that only 20 people should be allowed to participate in such functions. He also urged them to motivate people for conducting marriages at homes without people from outside as this would go a long way in helping to check the spread of this pandemic.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the PRIs must also keep a strict check of people coming to the villages from outside the State so that they could be motivated to remain in home quarantine. The district administration must also be informed regarding people coming from outside and also about the event in which large gatherings were expected. The people should also be motivated to strictly follow home quarantine protocols. He said that the representatives must also keep track of the people in home quarantine and effectively coordinate with them for medical help, medicines and shifting to hospitals wherever it was required.
The Chief Minister said that the elected representatives of the PRIs must also come forward to provide helping hand for cremation of the Covid-19 patients. The proper protocol must be followed while cremation of the body of the diseased due to Covid-19 and people must also be motivated for going for vaccination. He also urged to provide support and assistance to the physically challenged to get themselves vaccinated, this would not only prove instrumental in creating goodwill but would also help in vaccinating maximum people in the State. He said that this was moral responsibility of every citizen of the civilised society to help the State Government in checking the spread of this virus.
Jai Ram Thakur said that panchayats must identify people in distress in various villages of the State so that they could be provided shelter, food and any other requirements during this hour of crisis. He said that for this the elected representatives of the PRIs must extend all possible help to them and also inform the district administration so that they could be provided the required assistance. He said that providing a helping hand to the people in distress was indeed a laudable philanthropic act and the PRIs must also motivate the people to come forward to help those infected and also to save and protect others to remain infection free.
The Chief Minister said that second wave of this pandemic was far more lethal and was a matter for concern for all of us. He said that the State Government was creating additional bed capacity to meet out the requirement. He said that there was not dearth of medicines, oxygen and other logistics required to ensure proper treatment of Covid-19 patients.
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, while welcoming the Chief Minister, said that the elected representatives of the PRIs had played vital role in containing the pandemic during the first wave last year. The second wave is further more fatal and matter of concern. He said that the newly elected representatives of the PRIs must come forward to help the State Government to check spread of this pandemic.
Director Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department Lalit Jain welcomed the Chief Minister and conducted proceedings of the video conferencing meet.
Pradhan Gram Panchayat Rinda of district Chamba Raj Kumar, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Dalash Ani district Kullu Satinder, Pradhan Jhundi Panchayat Seraj in Mandi district Nokh Singh, Pradhan GP Balala Dharamshala Kangra Om Prakash, Pradhan GP Kothi Kinnaur Panchayat Om Prakash, Pradhan Muchali Gram Panchayat district Una Vijay Kumar, Pradhan Sharog Brara Gram Panchayat Rohru Shimla district Chahat Chauhan, Pradhan GP Samirpur, Hamirpur district Chander Mohan Thakur and other representatives shared their views on the occasion.
Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Sandeep Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta and other officers attended the meeting.
While presiding over the meeting held here today to review the Covid situation in the State, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the Union Government has recently sanctioned 14 more PSA oxygen plants for the State.
He said that these plants were being established at civil hospital Palampur, zonal hospital Mandi, civil hospital Ghumarwin, Dr. Radhakrishan government medical college Hamirpur, Ayurvedic hospital Reckong Peo, civil hospital Ratti, civil hospital Rampur, Dr. Y.S. Parmar government medical college Nahan, civil hospital Sarahan, regional hospital Kullu, Deen Dayal Upadhayay hospital Shimla, zonal hospital Dharamshala, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri government medical college, Ner Chowk and IGMC Shimla. He said that work on all these plants would be completed in a time bound manner.
Jai Ram Thakur said that these oxygen plants would ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply to the patients admitted in these medical colleges and hospitals. He said that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has provided 75000 PPE kits and 75000 N-95 masks to the State which would reach at Shimla by Tuesday evening.
The Chief Minister said that presently there were total 3670 beds available in the State out which 1819 were occupied. He said that there were about 244 ICU beds and 1804 oxygenated beds in the State and out of these 1804 oxygenated beds 349 were unoccupied.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was endeavouring to increase bed capacity keeping in view the sharp surge of Covid-19 cases. He said that bed capacity would be enhanced by 1100 within few days by expediting work in makeshift hospitals. Additional bed capacity of 200 each was being created at Pandoga in Una district, Solan and Mandi whereas additional bed capacity of 500 was being created at Paraur in Kangra district. The makeshift hospital has already been made functional at Nalagarh with facility of 60 beds, Palakwah in Una district with 100 bedded capacity, IGMC Shimla with 23 beds facility and Tanda with 66 beds facility. He said that 100 beds would also be made available in medical college Ner Chowk in two days.
The Chief Minister said that State Government has also decided to provide health kit to the Covid which would have kaarha, chyawanprash, face masks, sanitizer, thermometer, multi vitamin tables and Ayush immunity booster.
Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, Political Advisor to CM Trilok Jamwal, Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary J.C. Sharma, DGP Sanjay Kundu, ADGP Ashok Tiwari, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi and other senior officers attended the meeting.
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