7 AM to 8 PM window on March 31 for inter-district travel
State to recruit 500 doctors within next couple of days: CM
People wanting to travel from one district to another district will be allowed to do so from 7 AM to 8 PM on March 31. Announcing this decision on Saturday, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that on the said date, people will be able to use private vehicles, taxis and buses to travel from one district to another within the given time period. He further said that considering the positive results of extending the daily lockdown window from 7 AM to 1 PM had achieved positive results so this system will be continued for shopping of essential commodities. Additionally, the state government is going to recruit about 500 doctors within the next couple of days, he informed.
The CM said that the window on March 31 is being given because information is being received from various sources about people who had ventured out of their home districts for some work are now stranded out of their homes due to the lockdown. However, people will have to provide a valid reason for inter-district travel and if the reason in not valid they are liable to face action. Further, buses and taxis will have to be sanitised and social distancing will have to be maintained in these too. No stops will be allowed mid-way and there will be medical checks at various points.If any person is found to be a suspected or infected patient, that persons will be taken to the isolation ward. Legal action will be taken in case wrong information is provided. People will have to carry their identification card and inform about their destination. Regarding the 7 AM to 1 PM window being provided daily in the state-wide lockdown, Rawat said that this has yielded good results. He said, “Extending the hours has prevented panic among the people. We are not seeing crowding now during the window and citizens are observing social distancing too. People have now started to understand the system so we will continue the window from 7 AM to 1 PM.”
Rawat further informed that the Uttarakhand Sadan has been opened for Uttarakhandis stranded in Delhi. Arrangements for food and medical check ups have been facilitated for them there. Similarly, the Uttarakhand Bhawan in Mumbai has been opened for natives of Uttarakhand stranded due to the lockdown in Mumbai. Apart from this, the state government is going to recruit 500 doctors in the next couple of days. This will ensure adequate number of doctors in the state. Further, the state government has provided one month life certificate relaxation to pensioners. A similar one-month extension has also been accorded for renewal of driving licenses.
Sunday, 29 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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