SHIMLA-29th March, 2020

CM urges people to remain stationed wherever they are

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has urged the people of the State who were stranded in different parts of the State and outside the State to remain stationed where every they are as the State Government was not allowing any intrastate and inter-state movement in wake of the Corona pandemic.

Chief Minister said this while interacting with the Deputy Commissioners through video conferencing from Shimla today to take stock of the situation in wake of curfew in the State due to outbreak of Corona epidemic in the country as well as the State. He said that movement of people within the State from one district to another and also from outside the State must be checked at any cost.

Jai Ram Thakur said that those persons who had already entered the State must be kept in quarantine centres established in the border areas itself so that they may not mix with the other people. He said that adequate arrangements must be made for proper food and shelter to the stranded people. He said that the district administration must ensure that there was no inconvenience to the people and sufficient essential commodities were made available to them. He said that proper hygiene and sanitation must be ensured in the make shift camps such as schools, DIET buildings etc to facilitate the stranded people. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to ensure proper social distancing to be ensured between person to person in these camps.

Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners to motivate such people to remain stationed wherever they are and ensure proper arrangement for their food and shelter. He said that they should also be motivated and assured that the Government was committed for their better care and they need not to worry. He said that there was no dearth of funds for providing adequate relief to the stranded people. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to involve the Panchayati Raj Institutions to come forward to identify those people who have come home from outside the State and even from one district to another.

Jai Ram Thakur said that in order to facilitate the people of the State stranded in Delhi or Chandigarh, Control Rooms have been established in both the Himachal Bhawan situated and New Delhi and Chandigarh. He said that as far as possible, efforts would be made to provide food and shelter in these Himachal Bhawans.

Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi asked the Deputy Commissioner to totally discourage exodus from one district to another and also from other States. He said that the labourers and other workers from the other State must be discouraged to travel outside the State and should be kept in the camps.

Director General of Police S.R.Mardi said that no vehicle carrying people for other State would be allowed to enter the State and strict action would be taken against the violator.

Additional Chief Secretaries Manoj Kumar and R. D. Dhiman, Director Tourism Yunus and Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon were also present on the occasion.

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Temporary bail will be given to under trials of HP to ensure social distancing

A Spokesperson of the state government said here today that in compliance to the directions of the Supreme Court of India in respect of contagion of COVID-19 virus in prisons, a high powered committee headed by Mr. Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, who is also Executive Chairman of HP State Legal Services Authority has resolved to give temporary bail to the under trials for a maximum period of three months.

He said that the Committee in its meeting decided that temporary bail will be given to the under trials of Himachal Pradesh only who are first time offender, facing trial for offences punishable up to seven years and are in the custody for last three months or more.

The decision of temporary release of prisoners has been taken to ensure social distancing and to avoid spread of COVID-19 virus.

He said that District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police will make arrangements for transmission of prisoners on release from bail to their respective places. These prisoners will be released only after proper medical examination by the jail authority and will ensure that the policy of the state government regarding complete lockdown is not violated.

The Spokesperson said that it has also been decided that the application for temporary bail may be filed online to prevent gathering in masses in the courts or government offices. The release of convicts under trials from outside the state or foreigners has not been considered in view of the national lockdown.

It has also been decided that competent authority will expedite the applications of eligible convicts to maximize release on parole/furloughs as per rules and procedure who have been convicted with imprisonment up to seven years. The competent authority will also expedite the matter of release of convicts under section 432 of CRPC which are pending with them, as per rule.

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Government adopting all measures to ensure supply of essential commodities

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told here today that the government is committed for assisting and protecting the people affected due to lockdown in view of COVID-19. The State and district control rooms are keeping an eye on the situation and monitoring the availability of essential services on regular basis.

He said that even today, supply of various essential items have been received through different border districts of the State. He said that 14515 cylinders of domestic gas in 67 vehicles, 214000 liters of diesel / petrol in 22 vehicles, 19,400 liters milk in 118 vehicles, more than 955 ton grocery items and vegetables in 459 vehicles, 89 vehicles of medicines and sanitizers and more than 95 ton of fodder in 24 vehicles have been brought through six border districts of the state - Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Sirmaur, Solan and Una. He said that utmost care is being taken to ensure the supply of essential items so that common men do not face any inconvenience.

He said that services of Volunteers and Voluntary organizations will be utilized as part of emergency response team for COVID-19. He said that Volunteers may get themselves register online on www.hpsdma.nic.in or through a link http://bit.ly/3byNlgQ and Voluntary organizations may get themselves registered on www.hpiag.in in the same manner.

He said that the database of volunteers trained by the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority and District Disaster Management Authority at Panchayat level for the management of disasters has been generated which is ready to be used for present health disaster arisen due to COVID-19 and the same will be available for future use also. Similarly, the services of 51 NGOs, which are part of emergency response network, will also be available on a single call.

He said that services of the volunteers of SDMA/DDMA and those who have registered with NDMA specifically for COVID-19 emergency may also be utilized to assist in the door-step delivery of essential supplies to the public by the local administration, especially the vulnerable ones, if required.

Besides this, services of these volunteers and volunteer organizations could be utilized for public awareness, on hygiene practices, promoting social distancing measures and assisting District Administration in quarantine, home isolation and law and order arrangements, disinfection and cleaning services, management and transportation of patients.

He said that government is adopting every possible measure to ensure that migrant laborer do not panic and that food and shelter will be provided to them by the State Government and instructions have been issued to assure that no migrant or local laborer is left without food and shelter. The instructions have also been passed on to local Pradhans and Panchayat Secretaries.

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CM contributes Rs. 1 lakh towards HP COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur contributed Rs. 1 lakh towards ‘HP COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund’.

This fund has been created to provide personal protection equipments to the health workers and other related officials as well as to ensure smooth supply of essential commodities like food items and medicines.

Chief Minister made a fervent appeal to the people to generous donate towards this Fund so that needy people could be benefitted from this Fund.