State Action: Containing COVID-19 Spread in Haryana

3 April 2020
A GROUND REPORT ON STEPS TAKEN BY STATE GOVERNMENT OF HARYANA

This blog was last updated on 3 April 2020.

As on 3 April, Haryana had 43 positive cases of COVID-19. The Manohar Lal Khattar-led government has taken several measures to combat the spread of the virus. Some of these are given below:

  • To ensure uninterrupted quality medical care facilities to the people of Haryana, the state government decided to provide an extension in service to medical, para-medical staff and those engaged in essential services, who were due to retire in March.
  • Seeking volunteers to fight COVID-19, the government launched a programme called ‘Covid-Sangharsh Senani’ so that people could voluntarily give their services to assist in hospitals -- both paramedics and doctors -- and in the district administration.
  • Prisoners who are already out of jail on parole or furlough will be given four weeks special parole.
  • The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has sought information from all RWA representatives about the need for essential food items in order to supply food to them. RWAs that do not have grocery stores in the colony, sector or condominium have been asked to mark a covered place where food items can be kept and distributed for sale to local residents. For this, RWAs will have to create internal systems for the sale of food items. Interested RWA can give the required information of the required items on e-mail rwa.covid@mcg.gov.in.
  • Appointment letters were issued to 447 doctors who have been selected as Medical Officers recently. The government also decided to create a revolving fund of Rs 100 Crore each for key departments — medical education and research, health, revenue, home and urban local bodies — that are at the forefront in taking measures against Covid-19.
  • Amid the rising fear among farmers over crop loss due to a delay in harvest on account of the ongoing lockdown, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday, 2 April, said if situation is favourable, the State government will start purchase of mustard from April 15 and wheat from April 20. He also said that a new scheme for procurement would be announced soon.
  • Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also announced that the state will bear all the expenses for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, including the patients in private hospitals. He sought cooperation from all the industrial business and private companies for this.
  • For residents of urban areas, the government announced the extension of the date for payment of electricity and municipal bills up to April 15. Taxes to be paid by commercial vehicles operators under the Haryana Motor Vehicle Act can now be paid until April 30 without any penalty.
  • The government also announced that Rs. 4,500 per month would be given to families of construction workers registered with the Haryana Construction Workers Welfare Board. It will also transfer this amount to families of casual workers, vendors and other workers in the unorganised sector registered with the district administration. Those workers who are not registered can get this done by filling a form available with officials of the district administrations.
  • The government has made arrangements for online studies for students.
  • Coronavirus safety kits along with masks in addition to special uniforms to the doctors and para-medical staff in the state’s medical colleges and government hospitals will be provided.
  • The Chief Minister announced a package of Rs 1200 Crore per month for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families to fight COVID-19. All BPL families would be provided their monthly rations, which would include rice or wheat, mustard oil and 1 kg sugar for the month of April free of cost.  Government schools and anganwadis would be provided with dry rations for the period they are closed.

2400 isolation beds and about 6000 beds have been prepared for quarantine.

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