State to bear cost of bringing back stranded natives by train
The Uttarakhand government will bear the expense to be incurred on bringing stranded natives back to the state by train. The State government is committed to bringing back people of the state stranded in other states wanting to return. Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said this while addressing the media here on Wednesday.
Singh said that about 1.64 lakh people had registered for returning to Uttarakhand. So far about 7,300 such persons have been brought back from other states while 8,146 persons have been transported from one district to another within the state. “All those who wish to return to Uttarakhand will be brought back. Some patience and self control should be exercised. Various precautions have to be observed which is why all cannot be brought back together. Health check, arranging for vehicles, accommodation and other aspects have to be addressed. The government is working day and night for this,” he said. Singh informed that 1,500 persons had been permitted to return in private vehicles from Haryana where buses will also be sent. Arrangements are being made to bring back 400 persons each from Udaipur and Jammu. Gujarat and Maharashtra have been informed that Uttarakhandis are to be brought back in train from Surat, Ahmedabad and Pune. The State government has talked to the Railway ministry and the states concerned are also to talk to the ministry. About 1,000 persons are to be brought back from two cities of Kerala. Uttarakhand government will bear the expense of bringing back the state’s people by train. The Central Government is arranging to bring back Indians from foreign nations. The Ministry of External Affairs will inform the state if any of these persons is from Uttarakhand. The State has prepared standard operating procedure for this, added Singh.
Regarding the doubling rate for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand, the chief secretary said that no positive had come up in the past two days. The condition of all the 21 active COVID-19 patients is normal. The doubling rate in Uttarakhand is consistently improving and is 47 days at present. Of the total COVID-19 patients, 85 per cent are men and 15 per cent women with most of them being young. Due to this the possibility of recovery here is high.
Singh further informed that recently the state government had appointed 401 doctors. The requirement for 467 posts is also being sent to the selection commission. The commission will be requested to expedite the selection process. In addition to this, the cabinet had revived 180 posts to which recruitments will be made in the near future.
Stating that the public had cooperated so far in the lockdown, Singh said that in the third phase too the citizens have to act responsibly. Sanitisation, wearing mask and social distancing must be observed by all. The relaxation provided now will continue and if discipline is maintained, the scope for providing more relaxation can be considered.
About Rs 60 crore has been contributed in the CM relief fund and state disaster relief fund so far by various institutions and citizens. This fund is being used in the fight against COVID-19. Further, the National Thermal Power Corporation and Power Finance Corporation have decided to provide 12 ambulances, 10,000 PPE kits and 10,000 masks to the state under their corporate social responsibility, added Singh.
Thursday, 07 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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