ADDRESS OF C.M. HARYANA MANOHAR LAL

Chandigarh, April 10 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal urged the people of the State to not leave any stone unturned in the fight against COVID-19 and to fight this battle together. The person, who will fight this epidemic with all his efforts, will make a place for himself in history, he added.

The Chief Minister said this while addressing the people of the State on live television today. Sharing an anecdote about Battle of Khanwa fought between Rana Sanga and Babur’s forces, the Chief Minister appealed to the people of Mewat that all the Mewati brothers should fight together in the battle against COVID-19 like Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati fought against Babur's forces along with Rana Sanga. If Mewat is with us in the fight against this pandemic then there is no difficulty in driving away this disease from Mewat, he added. He also urged the people of district Nuh to show the strength to fight this battle.

Mr. Manohar Lal stress upon the importance of Mewat and urged the Maulvis that they should convince the people not to venture outside and to get themselves tested and to complete the 14-day quarantine period if somebody has returned or gone outside.

The Chief Minister said that in Haryana 13 out of 14 Italian patients had been discharged from the hospital after recovering fully. He appealed to the people of the state to wear masks and maintain social distancing when they leave the safety of their homes. Asha Workers, Anganwadi Workers, and Self Help Groups are also performing their duties with caution. Similarly, doctors, nursing staff, pharmaceutical staff, ambulance staff, lab technicians, class IV personnel, health services personnel, and police staff are vigorously implementing the lockdown system in the state. Similarly, employees and officers of Local Bodies, Panchayat Department, District Administration, public representatives, representatives from Business and Industries and volunteers of social organizations are also engaged in this work.

He further said that if 2.75 lakh employees of the State work for the 2.75 crore people of the state, then the work becomes easier. He said that in this hour of crisis, many social organizations and institutions are working day and night. Thikri Pehras have been set up in the villages, relief camps are being organised, and food is being provided to the poor and needy people.

The Chief Minister said that people have been lodged in relief camps in the cities too and so far about 70 lakh food packets have been distributed by the State Government and social organizations. The State Government is providing dry ration to the needy people. Apart from this, fodder and other food items are being provided to the gaushalas in the villages.

The Chief Minister said that so far Rs 72 crore has been contributed to Haryana Corona Relief Fund and the employees have also made their full contribution. In this series, more than 160 employees have contributed their one month's salary and similarly many Group-D employees have also given their monthly salary to the Corona Relief Fund.

During the address, the Chief Minister also interacted with some employees over the telephone. Naresh, a Group-D employee, a resident of village Pathredi, Ambala district, informed the Chief Minister that he has donated his one month’s salary to the Corona Relief Fund and he wishes to dedicatedly serve the needy people during this Pandemic. Naresh said that his father and wife inspired him to contribute to this noble cause.

Similarly, Shashi Bala, a Staff Nurse told the Chief Minister that she has also donated her one month's salary to the Corona Relief Fund in this hour of crisis. She said that as she works in the hospital and she sees that the many poor people visiting the hospital are financially weak, therefore she decided to help such people and contributed her salary.

Echoing the same sentiments, Ravi a constable, while talking to the Chief Minister said that because of his education, honesty, and police training, he felt that something should be done for the good of humanity, so he also donated one month's salary in the Corona Relief fund.

Sarla Devi, a JBT teacher, told the Chief Minister, "I have donated my 100 percent salary to the Haryana Corona Relief Fund.” Through Chief Minister, she made an appeal to the people to stay safe at their homes, “If you are safe, then the country is safe.”

The Chief Minister said that in this time of crisis we should all move forward with the society and help to eradicate this disease from Haryana and India. He said that many new initiatives have been undertaken in this fight against COVID-19 and in this series people of Karnal have started an initiative of ‘Adopt a Family’, under which one can adopt any family. Under this campaign, 400 people have made their contributions.

While urging the people of the State, the Chief Minister said that they too can help the poor and helpless people in some or the other way. He said that landlords should not charge two months' rent from such people. The government has also issued directions in this regard.

He shared that, Sarpanches, MLAs, and MPs have also offered to contribute their one month's salary in the Haryana Corona Relief Fund. Similarly, some former MLAs have also offered to contribute their one month’s pension. Apart from this, Ministers along with MLAs and MPs have also offered 30 percent cut in their salaries for the next one year.

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Haryana Government has made elaborate arrangements for hassle-free Rabi procurement season for Mustard and Wheat so that farmers don’t face any trouble while selling their crops in the Mandis.

Chandigarh, April 10 – Haryana Government has made elaborate arrangements for hassle-free Rabi procurement season for Mustard and Wheat so that farmers don’t face any trouble while selling their crops in the Mandis.

Sharing more details about the State Government’s arrangements about procurement operations, a spokesman of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department said that they are gearing up for the procurement and as compared to last year, this time 5 times more purchase centres have been set up in the State.

He informed that in a bid to prevent the spread of Novel Corona Virus, this time the procurement centres are being set up in such a manner that staggering of staff, Arthiyas, labourers and farmers can be done appropriately.

He further shared that all the Deputy Commissioners have been directed to inspect and verify all additional sites for purchase centres received from Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB). He said that Standard design for purchase centres has been prepared and designated seating plan of staff, Arthiyas, labourers has been made and every Deputy Commissioner has been directed to ensure that the same is being implemented in each centre. He shared that colour coded passes would be issued to the staff, labourers and Arhtiyas visiting the Centres.

Apart from this, two Saksham Yuvas would be deployed at each centre and availability of masks and hand sanitizer has been made mandatory at each and every procurement centre. He informed that directions have been issued to engage self-help groups for locally preparing cloth made masks. He said that directions have been issued to ensure availability of Moisture Meters and Tarpaulins in each purchase centre.

The spokesman said that as the role of Police Department is very crucial, therefore directions have already been issued by the Director-General of Police, to ensure that the entire system of entry and exit carries on smoothly.

He said that the Deputy Commissioners have been directed to ensure the involvement of Superintendents of Police in their respective districts while conducting the procurement operations.

He further said that the farmers will be issued unique IDs and a separate contact list will be given to each Panchayat so that the farmers belonging to that Panchayat will know when and where they have to go so that there is no rush at the centers.

He further said that the registration portal is operational so that the farmers can register and go through the process of procurement without hassle.

The spokesperson further said that the Administration had chalked out a two months store plan and that harvesting equipment is being provided to farmers and the sanitization of the harvesters and workers is being closely monitored.

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The Psycho-Social helpline 1075 launched by the Haryana government for giving aid to persons affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has received a tremendous response from the volunteers

Chandigarh, April 10 – The Psycho-Social helpline 1075 launched by the Haryana government for giving aid to persons affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has received a tremendous response from the volunteers as around 110 volunteers have offered their services for tele-counselling.

Giving information in this regard, an official spokesman of the Department of Health and Family Welfare said that it is for the first time such a helpline has been launched by the Health Department. He informed that with the persistent efforts of Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora, this helpline has been started with the aim of providing psychiatric support to the people affected by the corono virus pandemic.

Also, to help ease the stress and anxiety amongst migrant labour, presently staying in camps throughout the state, teams of counsellors from different departments like Health, Education, Women and Child Development and Social Justice and Empowerment Department are carrying out counselling and other psychological support activities on a daily basis.

The fact that so many volunteers have stepped in to help the needy in these testing times is an indication of the innate good nature of human beings who help each other in the time of need and boosts the morale of the health and other workers on the frontline during this war against this virus.

The health department is making all out efforts to contain the spread of the virus. The department has set up a separate cell for mental health professionals who can be contacted by dialling the helpline number 1075. A meeting was conducted by the Health Department today in this regard where two students, Ms. Ujwala and Ms. Shreya gave a presentation on Psychological First Aid based on John Hopkins Rapid Model. All Counsellors and Clinical Psychologists of Panchkula were present in the meeting. They were sensitized on COVID – 19 situation and motivated to become volunteers for the helpline No. 1075.

He said that the counselling and therapy will not only help people in this moment of distress but also help them learn to grow beyond that stress.

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‘Adopt A Family’, a unique family adoption scheme launched in District Karnal for the convenience of poor and needy people during the lockdown due to COVID-19 in Haryana

1Chandigarh, April 10 – ‘Adopt A Family’, a unique family adoption scheme launched in District Karnal for the convenience of poor and needy people during the lockdown due to COVID-19 in Haryana has garnered the interest of the people and about 15,000 families have been adopted.

Giving information about the scheme, an official Spokesperson said that the Health Department, Government of India has also praised the scheme launched with the initiative of the Karnal Deputy Commissioner. So far, an amount of about Rs 69 lakh has been collected under this scheme.

He said that under this scheme, about 400 people of the district have adopted poor and needy families and provided them with the necessary raw material. According to the scheme, these families are being provided the required ration per week, including essential food items like rice, flour, lentils, potatoes, cooking oil, sugar, and dry milk. With this scheme of the administration, these poor families are getting the necessary rations at home while the lockdown is also being followed strictly.

He said that for every needy to get the benefit of ‘Adopt A Family’ Scheme, 20 teams have been formed in 20 wards of Karnal city and these teams include five distinguished members of the city from every ward. The needy families being identified by these members are being provided ration kits at their doorstep. He said that under the scheme some social organizations have also adopted more than 100 families and this trend is going on continuously.

In addition to this, he said that with the help of NGOs and government teams, dry ration is also being supplied door to door to the needy people, including daily wage earners, homeless people, construction workers, rickshaw pullers and beggars etc.

He informed that a relief fund has been created at the district level for the scheme, with the bank account number -4137000100112736, IFSC code-PUNB 0413700, at Punjab National Bank branch Kunjpura Road, Karnal. Any donor can deposit funds in this bank account to support the ‘Adopt a Family’ Scheme. Under this scheme, Rs 500 per family per week can be given, Rs 1000 or Rs 1500 can be given for two-three weeks or for the period of complete lockdown of 21 days, he added. He said that the people of Karnal have also been appealed for ‘Need your Help’ to help those who have been financially affected due to COVID-19 crisis.

He informed that those adopting 10 or more families would be given letters of appreciation from the district administration while the person who adopts 20 or more families would be and honoured by the Deputy Commissioner in his office.

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Haryana Government has decided to restrict the entry of farmers in the Mandis to 50 farmers only at one time to reduce congestion in Mandis.

Chandigarh, April 10 – In a bid to make hassle-free procurement of Mustard and Wheat during the Rabi season and to reduce congestion in Mandis, Haryana Government has decided to restrict the entry of farmers in the Mandis to 50 farmers only at one time. The decision has been taken to maintain social distancing norms in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sharing more details about the State Government’s arrangements about procurement operations, a spokesman of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department said that as the Rabi procurement season i.e. (Wheat, Mustard and Gram) 2020-2021 shall commence from April 15 and will continue till June 30, 2020. The farmers will be allowed to visit Mandi in two time slots from 8.00 AM to 2.00 PM and from 2:30 PM to 6.00 PM.

Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board has issued detailed instructions to ensure the safety of all the stakeholders involved in the procurement operations and for the conduct of a smooth procurement, in these unprecedented times.

He informed that to reduce congestion in Mandis, procurement of wheat in Rabi procurement season 2020-21 shall be regulated and started from April 20 and Mustard, and Gram from April 15, 2020.

He added that to regulate and stagger the procurement, the Market Committee will ensure that all the agricultural produce i.e. (Wheat, Mustard, and Black Gram) should be entered in the mandi on the issue of online e-Gate Pass and that the passes will be issued only to the registered and verified farmers on ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ Portal.

He said that the farmers of the State who are not registered can apply for registration upto April 19, 2020. The produce of out of state farmers will not be purchased till further instructions are issued.

The Spokesman further informed that it should be ensured that the farmer gets the weighment of his agricultural produce done at the weighbridge installed at the mandi gate or at the weighbridge outside the mandi which is approved by the Arhtiya Association where a representative of the Arhtiya association will also remain present. After unloading the agricultural produce in the mandi the farmer will get the weighment of the empty trolley vehicle done so that the actual weight of the agricultural produce will be known to the farmers and farmers will also get the slip duly signed from the concerned Arthiya, he added.

The Spokesman shared that the mandi association will ensure that Wheat is cleaned and filled in bags after weighment, for loading in the vehicles of the procurement agencies.

He said that all stakeholders in the procurement operations, are playing their role diligently, and must work in tandem to ensure that guidelines and instructions issued from time to time are strictly followed.

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Department of Skill Development and Industrial Training (SDIT), Haryana launched a unique program, aptly termed e-Skilling (अब घर से पढ़ाओ), aimed at engaging trainees with relevant learning material.

Chandigarh, April 10 - To keep up with the difficult times and ensure trainees do not lose valuable training time due to lockdown, the Department of Skill Development and Industrial Training (SDIT), Haryana launched a unique program, aptly termed e-Skilling (अब घर से पढ़ाओ), aimed at engaging trainees with relevant learning material.

The program was launched over a YouTube LiveStream session today and was attended by more than 2200 department officials, ITI staff and others. Speaking to the audience over YouTube, Director General Department of SDIT, Dr. Rakesh Gupta urged all ITI staff to play an active role in training ITI trainees from their homes.

He said that the backbone of e-Skilling communication relies on WhatsApp, the most popular messaging platform in India and a three-tier communication channel has been established to ensure the right kind of curated content reaches the trainees in a timely manner. More than 45 thousand students were added to 1800+ WhatsApp groups in a record time of just one day, he added.

He further said that anticipating a long gap between now and going back to the regular way of studying, trade instructors at SDIT begun curating trade-related content through various channels and resources such as Bharat Skills portal, YouTube, NIMI Online resources etc. to create a massive pool of online content. As of today, more than 1600 content pieces have been curated and the list seems to grow and wherever relevant content is not available, trade instructors have started to create worksheets and demo lessons using their mobile devices, he added.

Dr. Gupta said that a streamlined content dissemination mechanism has been put in place, and the trainees will be engaged actively three times a day, at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, followed by weekly assessments, he added.

Department of SDIT has also partnered with Medha and Udhyam Foundations to train Employability Skills instructors and they too have played a major role in content creation. Additionally, Quest Alliance, an organization specializing in creating digital interactive employability skills training modules has been roped in to train students on Employability Skills and English Communication, he said.

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Haryana Government today placed an order for the purchase of 1,10,000 Rapid Testing Kits to screen large numbers of people especially in the hotspots.

Chandigarh April 10 : While ramping up its preparations to decisively combat n-corona virus in the State, the Haryana Government today placed an order for the purchase of 1,10,000 Rapid Testing Kits to screen large numbers of people especially in the hotspots.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that there is no shortage of essential protective equipments including 3-ply masks, hand sanitizer, hydroxychloroquine 200 mg, N95 Masks, PPE kits and VTM media in Hospitals and Medical Colleges in the State.

Availability of essential medical supplies for COVID-19 with Haryana Medical Services Corporation Limited (HMSCL)

Name of Item

Total received till yesterday

Stock as on April 10, 2020

Supply in pipeline

3 Ply Masks

17,61,800

6,00,350

17,02,202

Hand Sanitizer (500 ml)

67,680

26,279

61,420

N95 Masks

1,40,500

83,250

8,62,700

PPE Kit

24,065

13,147

4,88,887

Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg

10,04,800

4,21,000

8,45,578

VTM media

50

35

1630

The spokesman said that HMSCL has been supplying stocks to different hospital as well as government medical colleges in the State. It has yesterday been decided by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal that private medical colleges can also procure supplies from HMSCL.

Availability of essential medical supplies for COVID-19 in district Hospitals as on April 10, 2020.

Sr No.

District

PPE kits

N95 Mask

VTM

Gloves

Triple Layer Mask

Hand Sanitizer

1

Ambala

614

3331

149

54348

23690

753

2

Bhiwani

327

2593

557

103360

10550

2790

3

Charkhi Dadri

458

1744

225

20020

14825

2883

4

Faridabad

715

1920

250

42300

8600

3702

5

Fatehabad

254

1920

5

23340

14740

1180

6

Gurugram

792

2052

1865

27600

56530

3745

7

Hisar

623

2965

40

10940

35655

173

8

Jhajjar

2036

3488

1039

131246

109824

1503

9

Jind

435

10950

27

52695

10250

1979

10

Kaithal

163

843

33

72078

46374

781

11

Karnal

505

1839

29

20280

38766

932

12

Kurukshetra

501

2170

60

26670

43430

2764

13

Mahendergarh

566

1805

380

49950

67650

850

14

Nuh

2458

3430

75

28700

17900

2500

15

Palwal

1050

1151

200

8023

89550

1713

16

Panchkula

2002

2540

510

52250

59550

1504

17

Panipat

968

11968

255

41640

4645

4594

18

Rewari

899

5172

540

129200

130300

1933

19

Rohtak

1095

3629

38

72780

32770

4582

20

Sirsa

592

1334

85

5000

26940

1621

21

Sonipat

574

3598

84

11005

12048

3819

22

Yamunanagar

619

1499

980

27500

16005

1017

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