To ensure that the people could purchase the essential commodities, the state government had yesterday decided to give six hours relaxation in curfew by maintaining proper social distancing, but it was felt that the people are misusing this relaxation and coming out un-necessarily thereby defeating the purpose of curfew. Now, the state government has decided to give three hours relaxation daily in the curfew so that people could purchase essential commodities nearer to their homes. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in a video conferencing meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the state from Shimla today.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Deputy Commissioners would be authorised to fix the relaxation time as per their suitability and requirements of the respective district. He asked the Deputy Commissioners that endeavours should be made on home delivery of essential commodities so that people don’t come out from their homes for getting daily needs items besides ensuring proper distancing between person to person. He said that DCs must evolve some mechanism particularly in urban areas by roping in big chains like mega mart, big bazaar and other whole sellers to ensure home delivery. He said that in rural areas Panchayati Raj Institutions could be involved to provide delivery of essential commodities to the people nearer to their localities. He also urged the volunteers to come forward in providing home delivery of essential items to the people.
The Chief Minister said that it should also be ensured that no one is left without food and shelter should be provided in the urban areas to the labourers. He said that special thrust should be laid to provide all possible help to the industrial workers stranded in industrial areas and construction workers in various project sites. He said that lists of labourers in apple and other rural areas should be prepared so that they are provided food and shelter accordingly.
Jai Ram Thakur said that it should be ensured that medicine shops are open and supply of milk and vegetables is adequate so that people do not face any inconvenience in getting these items during the period of relaxation of curfew. He also asked the Milkfed and Kamdhenu to ensure proper supply of milk and its items in the urban areas to facilitate the people.
He directed the Deputy Commissioners to identify such areas where people could be provided vegetables and milk without any inconvenience and proper social distancing could be maintained. He said that locations should also be identified for street vendors. He urged the people to ensure that they purchase essential commodities during the relaxation in the curfew from their own locality and do not use vehicle for purpose.
Jai Ram Thakur also asked the Deputy Commissioners to make such arrangements that farmers and horticulturists do not face any problem in getting fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and spray oils for their crops during relaxation of curfew.
Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi apprised the Chief Minister about the steps taken to ensure effective implementation of curfew in the State. He also assured the Chief Minister that effective mechanism would be evolved to provide essential commodities to the people at their door steps.
Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman said that there was adequate availability of sanitizers and PPE kits and medical and paramedical staff was kept on alert to tackle the situation.
Director General of Police S.R. Mardi said that essential commodities vehicles would not be un-necessarily harassed as this would hamper supply of commodities.
Political Advisor to Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu Secretaries Rajneesh, Devesh Kumar and Amitabh Awasthy, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Singh and Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon attended the meeting.