SHIMLA-25 March, 2020

Effective steps being taken to ensure supply of essential commodities: CM

Appropriate and effective steps are being taken by the state government to ensure adequate availability of essential commodities to the people of the state during the twenty-one day lockdown in the country as well as the State. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over a high level meeting held here today to take stock of the situation arisen due to the lockdown.

Chief Minister said that effective steps would be taken to ensure that the supply of essential commodities from the outside the state does not hamper. He said that for this, steps would be taken to supplement the supply line. He said that there was sufficient stock of ration, pulses and edible oils in the state. The steps would also be taken to ensure availability of milk and bread in sufficient quantity. He said that if required, milk collection centres would be established to facilitate the consumers and also avoid unnecessary crowding.

Jai Ram Thakur directed that adequate steps must be taken to ensure availability of cattle fodder. He said that movement of nomadic Gaddi and Gujjars and their herds should not be restricted and all preventive measures should be taken for their safety.

Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Manoj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and Secretary GAD Devesh Kumar attended the meeting.


Chief Minister urges people to come forward to donate blood

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has appealed to the people of the State to come forward to voluntarily donate blood so that there was no scarcity of blood in the blood banks.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the state health department has issued guidelines regarding organising blood donation camps in the State. The instructions have also been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners, Chief Medical Officers and in-charge of blood banks in this regard. He said that voluntary organizations would be encouraged to organise blood donation camps.

Jai Ram Thakur said that special care should be taken to avoid overcrowding during the blood donation camps and the blood donors and other people should keep appropriate distance between themselves. He said that the NGOs should invite blood donors in such a way that there was no crowding in the camps.


State government to extend superannuation of MO’s and paramedics

MO’s and paramedical staff who retired between 31 December, 2017 to 29 February, 2020 will also get re-employment

With a view to strengthen the manpower available in various health institutions and medical colleges in the state to tackle the emergent situation which has arisen due to spread of COVID-19, the state government has ordered to defer and extend the date of superannuation of all Medical Officers, faculty members and paramedical staff of all categories working in the health and family welfare and medical education research who are due to retire on 31 March, 30 April and 31 May, 2020 up to 30 June, 2020.

As per the orders passed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Health here today, the Medical Officers and paramedical staff who have retired upon attaining the age of superannuation between 31 December, 2017 to 29 February, 2020 would also be given re-employment on the last post held with effect from 1 April, 2020 till further orders subject to written consent, availability and fitness. They will report to their duties in the offices of the concerned Chief Medical Officer of the district or Principal of the medical college, who has been authorised to issue re-employment orders on need basis and further deploy them in health institutions in his or her jurisdiction.

The extension or re-employment will be regulated by the standard term and conditions circulated by the state government in this regard. For the purpose of grant of extension or re-employment, the available vacancies in the equivalent or analogous posts in the district as a whole or medical colleges will be utilized for drawl of salary and emoluments.

In case of extension or re-employment against promotional posts, if nobody else is available for promotion or a panel has not been drawn for the purpose against existing or anticipated vacancies, the present post(s) would be utilised. In case no suitable post is available for grant of extension or re-employment, ex-cadre post(s) will be deemed to be created for the purpose.


CM urges people to remain in-door during lockdown period

Holds video conference with DC’s, SP’s and CMO’s

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today held video conferencing with Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, Chief Medical Officers and District Food and Civil Supplies Controllers of all the districts from Shimla to take stock of the situation in wake of lockdown for 21 days in the country as well as in the State due to outbreak of Corona epidemic.

He urged the people of the State to remain in-door during the lockdown as government has taken this step keeping in view their safety as corona virus was a pandemic. He said that action would be taken against violators under Clinical Establishment Act or Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and sections of IPC.

The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure availability of essential commodities in their respective districts. He said that necessary steps should be taken to check hoarding and profiteering of essential commodities and stringent actions must be taken against the defaulters. He directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure adequate social distancing between person to person during the relaxation of curfew period. He also asked them to involve functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions as they were the grass root functionaries in the villages as well as urban local bodies in maintaining social distancing. He said that the shopkeepers must provide sanitizers to the consumers visiting their shops during the hours of relaxation. He also asked them to give preference to senior citizens in providing goods during the relaxation period.

Jai Ram Thakur directed the Police and other law and order enforcement agencies to ensure social distancing while relaxation in curfew for purchasing the daily needs items like milk, bread and vegetables etc. He said that administration of bordering districts of the State should also ensure that borders were completely sealed and outsiders were not allowed to enter their territories.

Chief Minister directed the Chief Medical Officers to ensure availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including N-95 masks in all the health institutions of their districts. He said that the Government has already decided to postpone the date of payment of various public utility bills like electricity, water etc. without any extra charges. He also felt the need for proper coordination between various government departments as well as NGOs for effective implementation of Curfew.

He said that the State Government had already closed temples in the State but still several temples in rural areas were open. He directed the district administration to check any type of social gathering in the rural areas during the hours of relaxation in the curfew. He also asked the district administration to make adequate arrangements for ensure availability of spray, fertilizers and insecticides etc. to the farmers. He said that shops selling such items must also be brought under the ambit of essential commodities.

Jai Ram Thakur said that as many as 2186 people had been kept under surveillance out of which 591 people have completed 28 days of surveillance period. He said that investigations of 99 persons had been done so far and today reports of 19 persons were received and all were found negative.

Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi assured the Chief Minister that administration would act pro-active approach to minimize the impact of lockdown to the people by providing relaxation in curfew. He said that steps would also be taken to maintain and supplement the supply line of essential commodities from other States.

Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman said that there was adequate stock of PPE kits in the State. He said that if required buildings of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Hostels and DIET Hostels could be used for category ‘B’ patients.

Director General of Police S.R. Mardi said that the police department would ensure effective implementation of Curfew besides facilitating the people during the hours of relaxation in the Curfew.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Manoj Kumar, Principal Secretary Revenue Onkar Sharma, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretaries Rajneesh and Devesh Kumar, Special Secretary to Chief Minister, Revenue Disaster Management D.C. Rana and Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Brascon attended the meeting.