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  • Raipur: Two quintals of rice to be kept for the needy people in every gram panchayat of the state: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel: Chief Minister took a marathon meeting for three hours from a video conference to review the measures to prevent corona

    Discussion in detail with all Divisional Commissioners, IG, Collector, SP, Municipal Corporation Commissioners

    Senior officers of various departments including ministers were also present

    Instructions to start distribution of two months free ration under PDS

    Keep fertilizer, seed and pesticide shops open

    Instructions for screening people from other states through screening and health workers



    Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has directed to keep two quintals of rice for the needy people in all the villages during lockdown to prevent the corona virus, so that the needy families do not face any kind of problem. He directed the PDS to start distribution of two-month free ration, milk, vegetable shops along with grain mandis and petrol pumps as previously open. Mr. Baghel was reviewing the arrangements made to prevent corona virus infection from lockdown through video conferencing from his residence here today and to supply essential items.

    Ministers, senior officers of the department, commissioners, IGs, district collectors and superintendents of police, commissioners of the municipal corporation were discussed in detail in this marathon video conferencing that lasted for three hours. The Chief Minister has said that the workers returning from the border states to Chhattisgarh should make arrangements to stay in convenient places like schools, ashrams, hostels etc. on the state border. At the same time, their food etc. should be arranged and they should not be allowed inside the state. Get the workers tested at the inter state border.

        The Chief Minister said that the arrangements made in the state for the infection and prevention of Corona virus are being appreciated from all over the country. He said that due to the arrangements made by the collectors in the districts, the prices of vegetables have come down. At the same time, the work of collecting small forest produce has started in Bastar. The meeting was attended by Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, School Education Minister Mr. Premasay Singh Tekam, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Industry Minister Mr. Kavasi Lakhma, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel, Chief Minister K. Principal Secretary Shri Subrata Sahu and senior officials were present.

        Shri Baghel said that all arrangements should be made for trapped workers, travelers, students etc. in other states. For this, all the collectors should be in touch with the collectors of the respective states. He said that a complete list of people who are out of the state of Chhattisgarh should be prepared. People from other states who are looking for livelihood should not feel that they have come to another state. They should be treated with respect. He identified people going to his village from other states to Chhattisgarh and got their health test done with Mitannin and health workers, if any symptoms are found then doctors should be treated for their treatment. Such people should be kept under observation for a specified number of days. Mr. Baghel also said that those who are engaged in the work of protecting the general public from Corona, such as doctors, hospital staff, policemen and people of other departments, should also take full care of their safety. Workers should not be prevented from working in the fields. Supply of all essential items should be ensured. Workers should be encouraged to work in MNREGA. The Chief Minister gave instructions to keep fertilizer, seed and pesticide shops open.

        They should make arrangements for food for the workers from the factory owners for the workers in the closed factories. If arrangements are not made by them, arrangements should be made for them through district administration. The Chief Minister said that there is good cooperation by the social organizations in the lockdown. Keep a complete record of the help they are giving so that they can be respected. He got information about ration storage under universal public distribution system and said that two months ration distribution should be done immediately. The process of storing food grains in the districts should be completed soon. Control room numbers should be publicized in all districts.

        MNREGA works should be expedited and social distancing should be followed in the works. All the collectors should keep a list of landless farmers and laborers in case of lockdown and see which class is more needed. He informed that the farmers will be provided funds under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Mitan Yojana.

        The Chief Minister told the collectors that the purchase of equipment etc. to prevent corona infection will be done by the Health Department. Arrangement for food etc. should be made on the national highway to the workers coming from Chhattisgarh to other states or from other states to Chhattisgarh. Rice should be provided to self-help organizations for cooking food for them.
          Carrier vehicles coming from other states should be strictly investigated. He asked the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Ambikapur to take action against the owner and driver of the tanker being brought from Ranchi by filling the laborers and discussing with the district officials of the concerned state and making arrangements for the living and food of the workers Gave instructions.
        He said that more alertness should be exercised in view of the possibility of more laborers coming into the state from Maharashtra. They should be kept in the camp on the state border itself. Their living and food should be arranged.


  • I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties: PM Modi on coronavirus lockdown

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 63rd edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'. During 'Mann Ki Baat' while talking about nationwide lockdown, PM Modi said that he apologies for taking harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people.

    "I seek forgiveness from all countrymen, and my conscience tells me that you will definitely forgive me as I had to take certain decisions which have put you in a lot of difficulties, especially when I look at my poor brothers and sisters, I definitely feel that that they must be thinking, what kind of Prime Minister is this who has placed us in this difficulty. I especially seek their forgiveness," Modi said.

    The Prime Minister, in his first 'Mann ki Baat' since the lockdown came into force, further said that he understood that many people would be "possibly angry at me for being locked in their homes." "I understand your troubles, but there was no other way to wage a war against corona for a country like India with 1.3 billion population. It is a battle of life and death and we have to win it and, therefore, such strong measures were absolutely necessary," Modi said.

    He also said that he was hurt when he came to know that some some people were misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. "I was extremely hurt when I came to know that some people are misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. We need to be sensitive and understanding. Increase social distancing but reduce emotional distancing," PM Modi said.

    During 'Mann Ki Baat', PM Modi also interacted with Ashok Kapoor of Agra who along with his entire family, which has six people, was tested positive for COVID-19 but all have now fully recovered. While interacting with PM Modi, Ashok Kapoor said, "Thankful to authorities and staff in Agra. I am equally grateful to hospital authorities in Delhi. The doctors were prompt."

    The total number of positive coronavirus people in India so far, reached up to 979 on Sunday. Of this at least 867 are active coronavirus cases, 86 people have cured and discharged from hospitals while 25 people succumbed from the highly infectious COVID-19 disease. The data was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 10 a.m.



  • Grocery store throws away food worth $35,000 after woman intentionally coughs on it

    Well, what could make people panic amid the coronavirus outbreak? It's definitely sneezing or coughing. This brings us to the question: Have you ever tried stopping yourself from sneezing or coughing even if it was caused by dust or allergies? We are sure most of us have done that.

    In the times of panic and shortage of essentials, a woman intentionally coughed on food worth $35,000 at a grocery store in Pennsylvania, said the police.

    She allegedly entered a grocery chain Gerrity's supermarket in Hanover Township and coughed on bakery items, meat and other food items.

    However, the staff immediately removed her from the store and informed the Hanover Township police and took her into custody, reported CNN.

    The police said that the woman had intentionally coughed on the food and they are also going to file criminal charges against her after she is treated for her mental health.

    The store owner said that the police officials don't think that she has CoVid19 but will however get it tested.

    Further, the store disposed off food items worth $35,000- that the woman had coughed on and also disinfected the area.

    Fasula said that they considered the woman's act to be a prank but asked a local health inspector to disinfect the area.

    Fasula said that they feel bad about the loss of food and its a shame that the food is being wasted when so many people are worried about food security.