Press Releases

19 June 2020
19 June 2020

  • Chandigarh June 19: Ahead of the sixth International Day of Yoga, Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal today urged people of the State to practise Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family, due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • “This year, since the International Yoga day is being celebrated amidst a health emergency, it is important to ensure that all measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are practised”, he said.
  • The Chief Minister was addressing International Yoga Webinar on the topic 'Yoga for World Health’ which was organized jointly by Shri Krishna Ayush University Kurukshetra and Haryana Yoga Council held through video conferencing here today. This year, let us practise yoga and give the message of unity to the world and achieve the goal of world peace, he added.
  • On this occasion, Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij participated in the webinar and Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj and Yog Guru Baba Ramdev also shared their views on the importance of Yoga in everyone’s life.
  • In his address, the Chief Minister said, "As we know that due to COVID-19 Pandemic, everyone has to observe the day from the confines of their homes. Practising Yoga in this hour of crisis certainly provides multi-dimensional solutions to many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • He said that every year on June 21, several yoga programmes were organized in the State, country and other countries, but this time due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, everyone has to ensure their participation while sitting at home.
  • He further said that Yoga is not a new practise, rather it is an integral part of our culture and everyone should practise the ancient Indian discipline lifelong. He said that with the dedicated efforts made by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi Yoga has got a new identity worldwide. Since June 21, 2015, everyone in the world enthusiastically participates in the International Yoga day. He said that the legacy of Yoga is also being carried forward by Yog Guru Baba Ramdev.
  • He said that the Haryana Government is also committed to publicize Yoga continuously. He said that gymnasiums have been set up in villages for yoga and about 1000 yoga teachers have been appointed in these gymnasiums. Besides this, Yoga has also been included in the curriculum so that the children at school level only can understand the importance of yoga.
  • He said that there are eight limbs of yoga are yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption). When a person adopts these 8 limbs, then the real benefit of yoga will be achieved.
  • "Yoga is not only necessary for physical strength but also has its own importance for attaining peace of mind. Therefore everyone should include yoga in their routine. Yoga is the key to find peace in our stressful lives", He said.
  • Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family welfare, Mr. Rajeev Arora and Padma Shri Dr. Nagendra, Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Dr Indranill Basu from America, Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of AYUSH, Dr. Sushil Sharma from America and Dr. Akshay Anand Senior Scientist PGI Chandigarh also participated in the webinar.
  • Chandigarh June 19: Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that State Government has decided to cap the rates for COVID-19 Rt-PCR test at Rs. 2,400. New revised rates will come into force with immediate effect.
  • Sharing more details, an official spokesman said that the State Government has issued directions that no private laboratory should charge any amount more than Rs. 2400 for Rt-PCR test for COVID-19, inclusive of GST/Taxes, if any, cost involved in pick up, packing and transportation of samples, documentation and reporting in Haryana. While, till now, adhering to the ICMR guidelines, the COVID-19 Rt-PCR testing was made available through private laboratories and upper limit of single test charges was capped at Rs. 4500.
  • Further, the laboratories have also been directed to display rates in a visible manner.
  • He said that the Private Laboratories should share data pertaining to the results of these tests for COVID- l9 with the State Government and ICMR on a real time basis through ICMR portal and
  • He said that at the time of sampling, the identification, address and verified mobile number of the person, who is being tested, must be noted for record, as per sample referral form (SRF). The data should be uploaded on the Rt-PCR app at the time of taking the sample. The test report should be communicated to the patient immediately after the testing is complete.
  • He said that a positive test report should be immediately communicated to the Civil Surgeon of the concerned district through e-mail.
  • He said that all the Deputy Commissioners and Civil Surgeons in the state shall monitor the above laboratories closely, enforce the rates strictly by giving wide publicity on the issue of COVID- l9 tests by the Private NABL and ICMR approved labs in the state.
  • The spokesman further informed that the State Government has been taking various measures to combat COVID-19 Pandemic. The State Government is providing free testing and treatment in Govt. Hospitals across the State.
  • Chandigarh June 19: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has commissioned the Haryana Governance Reforms Authority (HGRA) to prepare a short term and medium-term prospective plan to refocus the role of government in the post Corona times to correct the disruptions in production and supply chains in order to prioritise policies to meet the essential needs of the people. It also aims to redefine the role of the State in relation to market in education, health, food security, public health and housing sectors.
  • While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that Chairperson, HGRA Prof. Pramod Kumar will coordinate the work of the task groups constituted for this purpose.
  • He said that a number of Task Forces have been constituted to prepare a short and medium-term prospective plan. Mr T.C Gupta, I.A.S would represent the State Government and he would be assisted by a team of senior civil servants attached to the each task group as a member-secretary. He said that while the Task Group on Food, Agriculture and Allied Services would be chaired by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member NITI Aayog, Government of India, the Task Group on Industries and Commerce would be chaired by Mr R.C Bhargava, Chairperson Maruti Suzuki.
  • The spokesman said that the Health, Public Health and Municipal Service task group would be chaired by Dr K.S Reddy, Chairperson, Public Health Foundation alongwith Dr. V.M. Katoch, former D.G., Indian Council of Medical Research as Co-chairperson. He said that the Task Group on Housing for All to be chaired by Mr Ashok Jain, Principal Consultant, NITI Aayog, Government of India, on Skilling and Education to be chaired by Prof. Yogesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Delhi Technologies University, New Delhi; on Revenue Generation, Tourism, Hospitality, Excise and GST by Prof. Mukul Asher of National University of Singapore.
  • He said that the task group on Governance Policy for Essentials (including I.T. application) would he headed by Prof. Pramod Kumar, Director, Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), and Chairperson, Haryana Governance Reforms Authority (HGRA), Chandigarh.
  • He said that the terms of reference for the prospective plan shall include; to capture the challenges and identify opportunities for industry, trade, services, agriculture etc., and thereby suggest institutional reforms to meet existential requirements including creation of opportunities for youth and to provide shelter, hygiene, health care, education of children and food security for all particularly poor.
  • He said that the prospective plan would cover the basic needs of the people like food, health, education, public health, transport, shelter and well being of its citizens and suggest a short and medium term plan. The prospective plan may suggest strategies for re-adaptation of the policies, programs, schemes, initiated by the state government to meet the challenge of the pandemic Covid-19. This will include re-examination of the disruptions occurred in production and supply chains and suggest amendments. It has been mandated that the short-term prospective plan to be submitted within three months and the medium term plan within 6 months of the constitution of the task group.