Press Releases

25 April 2020
25 April 2020

  • Chandigarh, April 25 – Taking Haryana further on the Digital track to help fight COVID-19 Pandemic, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today launched a mobile application ‘HelpMe’, which aims to provide all the necessary services including telemedicine, movement passes, assistance in procurement, delivery of dry ration and cooked food, education material, etc, in a single application, amid Corona crisis.
  • The mobile application, which has been especially designed to help the needy during the on-going Corona crisis, works on Android Osis available on Android Play store compatible with any android based Smartphone, and aims to facilitate people of the State with just a click.
  • The Chief Minister said that all the eligible people who have green cards i.e APL card holders and some poor people who were not able to get a BPL card due to any reason, but have applied for it, would get three-month free ration i.e till June 30 from the ration shops. He said that online portals have been opened for issuing ‘Distress Ration Tokens’ to these people. On-line permission would be given to open shops in industrial and commercial institutions and rural areas from tomorrow, he added.
  • The Chief Minister launched the application while interacting with the people about the present situation of COVID-19 in the State during the 'Haryana Aaj' programme today.
  • The Chief Minister shared that this application enables citizens to make request for Dry Ration, Cooked Food, LPG cylinders, Ambulance, Doctor, Movement pass, Bank appointments etc. as per need. He said that the moment any citizen fills the options as per his or her requirement on the application, his request would immediately be forwarded to the concerned officer of the relevant district to take necessary action. Further the officer will inform about the completion of the task to the citizen. He said that the app also helps the farmers in obtaining the gate pass to sell his crops in the Mandi. Citizens seeking financial aid are also provided with the option to check their eligibility and status of their application in real time.
  • Lauding the officers and team members who have designed the application, the Chief Minister said that the application was developed by a team of officers.
  • Sharing more details on how to use the application, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. V. Umashankar, shared that the application, is available in both Hindi and English languages on the Android Play store. He said that the application, which is GPS enabled, aims to provide the necessary timely help to every individual. He shared that to use the application, the user needs to first download the app from the play store and register on it.
  • Principal Secretary, Skill Development and Industrial Training Department, Mr. Vijayendra Kumar further shared that three options have been made available on the app. These options are for those who wish to help the people in the hour of crisis. People can come forward to help the needy as volunteers, make contributions of ration to any needy person and also contribute in Haryana Corona Relief Fund.
  • He shared that the application even gives an option to people to get home delivery of cash. He said that to use this facility, the user has to opt for this option, after which, the cash would be delivered through postal banking without any postal charges.
  • The Chief Minister said that compared to other states Haryana is in a better position as the recovery rate of Corona patients in the State is 66.55 percent. In terms of recovery rate, Haryana is second in the country after Kerala. He said that there are 12 districts of the state where at present there is not even a single active positive case of COVID-19, therefore these districts have been added to the green zone. He said that at the national level the number of Corona infected patients is doubling every 7 days whereas in Haryana the number of patients is doubling in 18 days and the graph of Corona has come to a horizontal position, the Chief Minister added.
  • The Chief Minister said that in the battle of Corona, we do not have to fear or lose hope; rather we have to defeat Corona and win against it. Thus we will defeat Corona in Haryana and eradicate it from India.
  • Chandigarh, April 25 – The implementation of the initiative of issuing ‘Distress Ration Tokens’ to provide ration to the needy during the nationwide lockdown period was reviewed by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal. Going ahead in this effort, all the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to complete the survey work within a week to identify the eligible households.
  • The Chief Minister gave these directions during a review meeting with all the Deputy Commissioners through video conferencing today.
  • In the meeting, the Chief Minister said local committees are able to reach each and every household to assess and identify families that are in need of ration assistance. He directed the officers to include volunteers and representatives of social organizations people in these local committees.
  • The Chief Minister was apprised that the survey of over 8 lakh households has been completed, out of which about 1.35 lakh families have been identified who do not have ration cards. 'Distress Ration Tokens' are being issued so that after receiving the tokens such families have to only collect free rations from the designated fair price (ration) shop.
  • The Chief Minister said that the committees for this work have been structured at four levels, which include the District-Level Committee, Zonal Committee, Sector Committee, and Local Committee. He said that the Deputy Commissioner (DC) is the chairman of the committees in the district level committees and DCs may designate a senior officer from the district as Member Secretary of the District Committee.
  • The Chief Minister made it clear that the Chairman of the local committee should be at least a Class-C Government employee and should have the desire and zeal for social work after the office hours. He said that such employees should treat this work as a mission. He said that Anganwadi and Asha workers should normally not be included in local committees but if necessary only as a last resort as a separate survey from the health angle is being conducted by the Health Department.
  • During the meeting, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr. V. Umashankar briefed about the technical aspects of the web portal in which the Local Committees are expected to enter the survey data and issue of Distress Ration Token.
  • In the meeting, Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Jails, Criminal Investigation, Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Haryana, Food, Civil Supplies Consumer Affairs Department, Mr. P.K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Mr. S.N. Roy, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department, Mr. Anurag Rastogi and other senior officers were also present.