Press Releases

31 March 2020
31 March 2020

  • Chandigarh, March 31: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today said that with a view to provide facilities of food and shelter to migrant labourers and homeless, 467 relief camps have been set up in the State with a capacity of 70,000 people. At present, more than 10,000 people have taken shelter in these camps and they are being provided adequate food and other necessary facilities.
  • Mr Manohar Lal said this while presiding over the meeting of State Cabinet held under his Chairmanship here today. While Deputy Chief Minister Mr Dushyant Chautala, Health Minister Mr Anil Vij, Cooperation Minister Mr Banwari Lal and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Department Mrs Kamlesh Dhanda were present in the meeting, Power Minister Mr Ranjit Singh, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Mr Jai Prakash Dalal, Transport Minister Mr Mool Chand Sharma, Education Minister Mr Kanwar Pal, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr Anoop Dhanak, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Mr Om Prakash Yadav and Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Mr Sandeep Singh attended the meeting through video conferencing
  • He said that all the Pink, Yellow and Khaki ration card holders families in the State are being provided ration for the month of April 2020 free of cost. This would benefit more than 27 lakh beneficiaries and a sum of Rs 48 crore has been incurred on it. The ration would be distributed to these families by April 5, 2020, he added. He said that Yellow and Pink ration card holders are being given 2 liters mustard oil, 1 kg sugar, 1 kg Dal and 10 kg wheat per member. Apart from this, the Khakhi ration card holders are being 10 kg wheat per member and 1 kg Dal.
  • He said that those poor or migrant labourer who do not have ration cards are being distributed packed ration so that they do not face any difficulty during the lockdown period. He said that apart from this, food packets are being distributed to the poor especially those living in the urban slums.
  • The Chief Minister said that in view of the government employees retiring on March 31, 2020, six departments have been shortlisted earlier for providing extension in service to employees.
  • He said that more than 3000 persons have so far made contribution of about Rs 21 crore in the Corona Relief Fund set up to fight the corona virus pandemic. Apart from this, people in large numbers have also expressed their willingness through phone to contribute in this fund. He said that the State Government has also set up a portal for those who want to voluntarily give their services in this hour of need. About 60,000 volunteers have so far made their registration on this portal which also includes 800 doctors, nurses, paramedics and other people involved in the work of distribution of food in the relief camps. The District Administration concerned would entrust work to these volunteers on need basis and also issued passes to them.
  • He said that under the Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna (MMPSY), the installment of financial assistance of Rs 4000 has already been deposited in the bank accounts of 6.29 lakh families out of total 12.50 lakh families registered under this scheme. The financial assistance to the remaining eligible families would be provided in the next few days, he added. He said that similarly, the financial assistance of Rs 1000 per week has been transferred into the bank accounts of over 3.50 lakh construction workers. This amount would be transferred to these beneficiaries on every Monday during the lockdown.
  • He said that there are large numbers of families which are not covered under the categories of BPL, MMPSY and construction workers but still are poor. He said that such families would also be provided financial assistance of Rs 1000 per week. He said that a SMS based unique system has been evolved for the verification of such families who have land holding of less than 5 acres and annual income of less than Rs 1.80 lakh and are not getting any financial assistance under any other category.
  • He said that it should also be ensured that those citizens of Haryana who have come from other States are also kept in 14 days quarantine as a precautionary measure. Apart from this, the Deputy Commissioners concerned accompanied by Police Officers should visit the relief camps to ensure that proper cleanliness is maintained in the camps. He said that various social organizations have also offered their sheds for the purpose of relief camps and Deputy Commissioners could utilized these sheds as per their requirement.
  • Among those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mrs Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Mr Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mr Vijai Vardhan, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr V. Umashankar, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies Consumer Affairs Mr P.K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mr Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr T.V.S.N. Prasad, Secretary, Personnel, Training, Vigilance and Parliamentary Affairs Departments Mr Nitin Yadav, Director, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department Mr P.C. Meena, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mrs Ashima Brar and Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration Mr Ashok Meena.
  • Chandigarh, March 31- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that since the time countrywide lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, State Government has taken all necessary preventive measures to protect every section of society including migrant laborers, poor families, farmers, government employees and businessmen and others to protect them against the Novel Corona Virus.
  • The Chief Minister said this while addressing the people of the State through live television here today. During the address, he informed about the steps taken by the State Government against COVID-19.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that maintaining social distancing and self-quarantine is the only way to break the chain of this epidemic.
  • The Chief Minister said that following social distancing and staying at their homes, everyone should organize their daily routine in such a disciplined manner that can set an example for the country by making the lockdown successful by April 14, 2020. He said that the people of the State have already done this while staying at their home during the one day ‘Janata curfew’ that was announced on March 22, 2020.
  • Motivating the people staying at their homes for the last 7 days, during the lockdown period and maintaining social distancing, the Chief Minister said that the people should not feel bad or distressed, rather they should spend this time with their families or they can utilize their time in doing various activities like Yoga, spirituality, etc.
  • The Chief Minister said to ensure the successful implementation of lockdown several strict steps have been taken to control and stop the movement of people and for this Inter and Intra State borders have been sealed.
  • He said that the State Government understands the problem of common man very well, so, during the lockdown period, the government has ensured the delivery of all the essential goods and services to the doorstep. For this, the supply chain has been strengthened and an online pass facility has also been arranged so that the movement of those who are engaged in the delivery of essential commodities can be made smooth, he added. He said that helpline numbers- 1075 and 1100 have been issued for the convenience of the people.
  • He said that a comprehensive medical system for the treatment of the people suffering from COVID-19 has been made in the State. He shared that an arrangement of 6500 beds has been made for quarantine and 4000 beds for isolation in hospitals. Apart from this, separate COVID-19 hospitals are also being set up in the districts so that if there is any serious condition of any kind, they can be treated separately in these hospitals to prevent the disease from spreading further.
  • He said that so far, two government testing labs have been established and five private labs have been approved in which one has become operational and the rest will start soon. He said that approval has been sought to establish testing labs in Maharaja Agrasen Medical College, Hissar, Medical College, Karnal, Nalhar Medical College, PGI Rohtak and Civil hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula.
  • He further said that adequate arrangements have been made for equipment, medicines, bleaching powder, PPE kits, masks, and sanitizer. “I assure you that we will not face difficulties health-wise and medical wise,” he added.
  • Many laborers are working away from their home and come from other states. If it is necessary for laborers to leave their present dwelling, 437 relief camps have been set up with a capacity of 70,000. If required, more camps will be set up, he added.
  • He said that the government, as well as several voluntary institutions, is also engaged in the services of the people. Several NGOs, social organizations, religious institutions and well-settled people in the State have come forward to help the Government in this need of hour. He said that religious institutions have given their buildings to set up ‘Relief Camps’ so that migrant laborers live in these buildings. Apart from this, all these institutions are also dedicatedly serving meals in such camps.
  • The Chief Minister said that the State Government has also created the Haryana Corona Relief Fund, in which people are giving their contributions liberally. He said that the Government is also taking care of the farmers. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that the farmers do not face any kind of problem in the movement of tractors and combine for harvesting, he added. Apart from this, the workshops of the tractors and combine will also remain open. He said that all the services necessary for the farmers will continue to run smoothly.