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  • Aim to bring corona infection rate to zero percent in Bastar division like last time: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

    Success will be attained only by alertness to duty

     Prohibition on entry into the city or villages without testing every person coming from outside

     CRPF and Paramilitary Force personnel returning from leave should be sent to the camps only after testing and quarantine

     Make arrangements for testing drivers and cleaners coming from outside in the mine areas and keeping them separate from the labourers

     Following the guidelines of Covid, the work of MGNREGA and collection of minor forest produce should be started

     Focus on testing, treatment of patients, vaccination and prevention of corona infection

     Intensive testing to be carried out by contact tracing of those infected by Covid

    Raipur, April 20, 2021

     Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel in a virtual meeting held at his residence office here today, reviewed the current status of corona infection and measures to control it in 7 districts-  Kanker, Kondagaon, Bastar, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Sukma and Dantewada - of Bastar division,

     Chief Minister, Mr. Baghel said while reviewing the Covid situation that in the Bastar division of the state, last time good success  was achieved with the cooperation of everyone along with  administration in preventing the corona infection.  This time also, we should try to bring the rate of corona infection to zero percent in the Bastar division as last time.  He said that the officers and employees of Bastar Division are doing good work.  We will definitely get success in achieving the goal by being alert to our duties.

     Chief Minister said that in order contain the infection in Bastar, it is necessary that every person coming from outside should go neither to the village nor to the city without testing.  Arrangements should be made to keep them in quarantine center and isolation center as per requirement.  Testing of visitors from outside  should be done at the  airport, railway station, bus stand and entry point of the inter-state borders itself.  Our focus should be on testing as well as treatment of patients, vaccination, prevention of corona infection and contact tracing of infected patients and intensive screening. Contact tracing will help to a great extent in preventing infection.

     The Chief Minister said that testing of CRPF and Paramilitary Force personnel returning from leave should be done at the entry point. They should be allowed to go to the camps only after keeping them in quarantine and isolation. He said that due to this last time, the infection in Bastar had increased. Bastar IG should keep information about the soldiers coming and arrange for a separate vehicle to bring such soldiers. The soldiers should not return by means of public transport. He said that the drivers and cleaners coming in trucks in the mine areas should be examined and arrangements should be made to keep them separate from the labourers.

     Chief Minister said that to provide employment to the people during lockdown, the works of MGNREGA and collection of minor forest produce should be started by following the guidelines of Covid protection.  This will provide easy employment to the people and will also help them earn extra income.  Health Minister Shri T.S.  Singhdeo gave information about the condition of corona infection in Bastar division.  He called for ensuring every necessary arrangement is made to prevent corona infection. Along with this, all the collectors were asked to collect information about the workers and people who went out panchayat-wise in their respective districts and display it on the portal.  He also gave necessary instructions regarding establishment of Quarantine Center and Isolation Center in Gram Panchayats.

     In the meeting, Chief Minister reviewed the state of oxygen beds, ICU beds, availability of ventilator beds, oxygen supply chain, availability and rotation of oxygen cylinders, availability of medical staff, availability of Remdesivir and other essential medicines and works being done in collaboration with the CSR fund, industrial sector and social organizations, in all the districts of Bastar division.

     Health Minister Shri T.S.  Singhdeo, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary Health, Renu G.  Pillay, Additional Chief Secretary Home Shri Subrata Sahoo, Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Commissioner of Bastar Division, I.G., District Collector and Superintendent of Police of all these 7 districts attended the meeting.



  • Assam: Campaigning for 3rd phase comes to an end

    BJP’s ally UPPL leader Pramod Boro, Congress leaders Ripun Bora, Gaurav Gogoi, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, Asom Jatiya Parishad president Lurinjyoti Gogoi also attended public meetings seeking supports for their candidates from the voters.

    As the campaigning for the third and last phase polling of Assam legislative assembly elections, covering 40 Assembly constituencies, came to an end this evening, the state readies for the final electoral battles on 6 April among 338 candidates.

    Senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal, Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed poll rallies in various parts of western Assam. BJP’s ally UPPL leader Pramod Boro, Congress leaders Ripun Bora, Gaurav Gogoi, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, Asom Jatiya Parishad president Lurinjyoti Gogoi also attended public meetings seeking supports for their candidates from the voters.

    As far as the numbers are concerned, both sides have suffered losses and exact casualty figures cannot be ascertained immediately”, Shah said, after cutting short his election campaigning in Assam.Shah is flying back to Delhi to take stock of the situation.

    Before leaving, the home minister told reporters he was appealing to people to vote for Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to ensure Sarma’s victory by a huge margin. He added that the vote would strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his work in Assam and the North East.


  • Petrol, diesel prices steady as global oil softens

    Oil marketing companies (OMCs) on Monday continued on the pause mode and decided against revising petrol and diesel prices after cutting its retail rates last week on Tuesday.

    Accordingly, pump prices of petrol and diesel remained at previous days level of Rs 90.56 and Rs 80.87 a litre respectively in the national capital. This is the sixth consecutive day when fuel prices have remained unchanged.

    Petrol and diesel fell by 22 paise and 23 paise per litre respectively last week on Tuesday in the wake global softening of oil prices. OMCs have decided to pause price revision as they want to watch the crude price movement that has now fallen to around $64 a barrel from remaining above this level in much of the last week.

    Across the country as well the petrol and diesel prices remain static on Monday but its retail levels varied depending on the level of local levies in respective states.

    In Mumbai petrol continues to be priced at Rs 96.98 a litre and diesel at Rs 87.96 a litre. Premium petrol, however, continues to remain over Rs 100 a litre in the city as is the case with several cities across the country.

    The OMCs went on price cut for the first time this year on two consecutive days – March 24 and 25 after keeping oil prices steady for past 24 days. It again reduced the price on March 30.

    Petrol and diesel prices were last revised upwards on February 27 and ever since the retail prices remained unchanged even though during the period crude jumped to over $70 a barrel only to start falling after touching close to $60 a barrel and is now slightly up at $63.5 a barrel. It was cut for the first time this year on March 24 and 25 before revision being put on hold again.

    Sources said that oil companies took time to revise petrol and diesel prices downwards earlier as they were covering up for losses incurred on its sale when crude was high and retail prices remained static. Some indications suggest that there was a loss of Rs 4 and Rs 2 per litre on sale of diesel and petrol respectively earlier that had now been more or less covered.

    The current reduction in retail prices has not helped in bringing down fuel prices that have crossed Rs 100 per litre (petrol) mark in several parts of the country and continues to remain above the levels even now.

    Since the beginning of February crude has gained more than $7 per barrel that pushed OMCs to increase fuel prices on 14 occasions raising the prices by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol and by Rs 4.34 a litre for diesel in Delhi.

    The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre respectively so far.

    Officials in public sector oil companies said that retail price may rise again if crude and product prices pick up but for now it will fall over the next few days.