Agra district administration decides not to reopen Taj Mahal to visitors amid rise in COVID-19 cases
Agra: As was feared, the Agra district administration has decided not to reopen the Taj Mahal to visitors from Monday, as the dreaded coronavirus was still on the rampage.
The Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh had announced a couple of days ago that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments would reopen from July 6. At a meeting of the district officials and the ASI conservationists late Sunday evening, it was decided to postpone the reopening of the monuments in Agra. The increase in the number of containment and buffer zones was an issue.
The chief concern was that most tourists would be coming via Delhi, which continues to see an alarming number of the pandemic cases. Tourism industry, which was hoping for a turnaround, feels demoralised. The hotels, restaurants, emporia have been closed since March 25. This has resulted in loss of revenue and mass unemployment of guides, photographers, taxi drivers, etc.
Officials also noted that in the absence of mobility by trains and flights, not many tourists would be able to reach Agra. Meanwhile, 13 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported till late Sunday evening, taking the tally to 1,295. The number of discharged after recovery is 1,059. The death toll stands at 90. The number of active cases is 146. The recovery rate has gone down to 81.78 per cent and the total number of containment zones has gone up to 71.
Chhattisgarh’s recovery rate of COVID-19 cases better than all its neighbouring state, mortality rate the lowest : Recovery rate in Chhattisgarh- 78.4 percent, fourth highest at national level
2362 patients got discharged after treatment, death rate only 0.5%
Better management of COVID-19 crisis management in Chhattisgarh have begun to show positive results. Recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in Chhattisgarh is way better than all the neighbouring states. Nearly 78.4 per cent patients in Chhattisgarh have recovered, whereas recovery rate in Maharashtra is 54.2%, Madhya Pradesh 76.7%, Uttar Pradesh 69.1%, Andhra Pradesh 45.4%, Telangana 48.8%, Odisha 72.9%, Jharkhand 76.9%. Out of the 3023 COVID-19 positive patients found in Chhattisgarh, 2362 patients have recovered and healed.
At national-level, Chhattisgarh ranks fourth among the states with best recovery rates. Among the states with more than 50 cases of COVID-19,only Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Tripura have higher recovery rate than Chhattisgarh. Even in terms of mortality, Chhattisgarh is better than the neighboring states. The death rate in Chhattisgarh due to COVID-19 is only 0.5, while it is 4.4 percent in the neighboring state of Maharashtra, 4.2 percent in Madhya Pradesh, 1.2 percent in Andhra Pradesh, 1.5 percent in Telangana, 0.5 percent in Odisha and 0.6 percent in Jharkhand.
Keeping in mind the possibility of COVID-19, preparations for control and prevention of the infection were started in Chhattisgarh right from the beginning of February, as per the instructions of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel. Initially, corona virus screening facility was available only in AIIMS Raipur. Later, RTPCR test facility for COVID-19 screening was expanded by setting up high-level labs in government medical colleges of Jagdalpur, Raipur and Raigarh. COVID-19 screening test facility is also available in IRL Lab and private sector SRL Lab at Lalpur, Raipur. Pool-testing is also being conducted to increase the scope of screening. So far, samples of one lakh 66 thousand 656 people have been tested in the state. Out of the 3023 people found positive, 2362 currently have recovered and currently there are 647 active patients in the state.
Health Minister Mr. T.S. Singhdeo said that proper arrangements for treatment of COVID-19 patients have been made in eight regional and 22 district level hospitals of the state. These hospitals have the capacity to provide medical treatment to as many as 3384 people. These hospitals have also been equipped with the facilities of 445 ICUs and 296 HDU (High Dependency Unit) beds. In addition to these hospitals, 146 COVID care centers have also been established, where 8161 people can be accommodated for treatment. Adequate number of N-95 masks, PPE kits, triple layer masks, VTMs and essential medicines has been made available in all the COVID hospitals. Health Minister Mr. Singhdeo is constantly reviewing the system of COVID-19 screening and treatment through the State COVID Control and Command Center. The department has also arranged 15,835 beds in 166 quarantine centers across the state.
Considering the return of large number of migrant workers in the state, about 21 thousand quarantine centers have been set up in gram panchayats and urban bodies, which have total accommodation capacity of about seven lakh. Four and a half lakh workers who have returned to the state from various states have reached their homes safely after completing the quarantine period of 14 days. They have been given instructions to stay in home quarantine for ten more days, as an additional precautionary measure.
Registeries increase in Chhattisgarh after unlock
19 percent increase in number of registries this year, as compared to June last year
17 percent more revenue recieved
The effect of continuously accelerating economic activity, after the start of unlock in Chhattisgarh, is also getting reflected in the registries of documents in the state. As compared to the month of June last year, 17 percent more revenue was received in the month of June this year, while the registration of documents has also increased by 19 percent.
These figures show that Chhattisgarh's economy remained dynamic due to the measures taken by the state government during the Covid-19 pandemic period under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. The state also recorded a rapid economic growth in the agricultural sector during the crisis period, which was also appreciated by the Reserve Bank of India. In the field of employment, the flow of money between the common people was continuous due to the operation of large scale employment-oriented works and regular payment through MGNREGA in the villages. Meanwhile, direct assistance was provided to the farmers of the state through the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. The state government also granted concessions to the industries during the Corona crisis. Farm-based commercial activities also continued unabated. Due to which the economy of the state remained strong.
In the month of June 2019, revenue of Rs 107.53 crores was received from the registration of documents, whereas in the year of June 2020 of this year, the revenue receipts of Rs 125.74 crores have been received by the government. In June last year, 23,391 documents were registered, while 27,759 documents were registered in June this year. Due to the odd circumstances caused by Covid-19 pandemic, the work of registration of documents was affected along with other activities during the lockdown, in view of this, special arrangements were made in the registration offices by the government for the convenience of the parties. In the month of June, the system of three appointments every three hours was implemented for registration of documents, so that the registration of documents can be done with speediness.
Big News : Chief Minister Shri Baghel gives big relief to officers and employees
Annual increment will be given on due date : Salary increment arrears to be given six months later
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has given great relief to the officers and employees of the State Government. Due to the Corona crisis, the annual increment of state government officials and employees was delayed. Chief Minister has given instructions to restore it. The Chief Minister has said that the officers and employees of the state government, who get the increment on July 1, will receive it on the same date, but arrears of increment from July to December will be paid in lump sum in the coming month of January. Similarly, the officers and employees whose salary increase starts on January 1, they will get increment on due date of January 1 and their arrears amount will be paid after six months in the month of July.
It is noteworthy that in view of the financial situation of the state in the Corona crisis, the annual increment of officers and employees was delayed by the Finance Department till further orders. The delegation of Chhattisgarh Employees-Officers Federation met Chief Minister Mr. Baghel at his residence office here today, under the leadership of Provincial Convenor Mr. Kamal Verma and urged him to give increment to the officers and employees on the due date. Considering this demand of the employee organizations, the Chief Minister has given his consent to give increment on the scheduled date and pay its arrears amount after six months. Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, Shri Amitabh Jain was present on the occasion.
Chief Minister dedicates Oxyzone to people of Capital City : Oxyzone is an important step towards enhancing greenery of the city: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
This Oxyzone developed over 19 acres of land has more than four thousand plants
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated the oxyzone developed over 19 acres of land in the heart of the capital city. This oxyzone developed at the cost of nearly Rs 11 crore will provide fresh air and a beautiful place for walks and amusement. This oxyzone will play an important role in environment conservation. Chief Minister said that this oxyzone is an important step towards enhancing greenery of the city. On the occasion, Chief Minister planted a sapling of white sandalwood.
In this oxyzone developed over 12 acres of land near Collectorate premise, more than four thousand saplings of 75 various species have been planted at the cost of Rs 4 crore till date. This oxyzone will not only improve the environment of the city but will also serve as a great place for morning and evening walks and amusement for the citizens. Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Urban Administration Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Daharia, Member of Rajya Sabha Mrs. Chhaya Verma, Mayor Raipur Municipal Corporations Mr. Ejaz Dhebar, Raipur North MLA Mr. Kuldeep Singh Juneja and other public representatives were also present in the inaugural programme.
Chief Minister said on the occasion that State Government is making consistent efforts to enhance greenery in the cities. Oxyzone of Raipur is one of the important initiatives in the direction. We will have to make collective efforts to maintain the greenery of this oxyzone. He said that people of Raipur have been waiting for the oxyzone for a ong time. Today, their wish has come true. In this oxyzone, saplings of various species of forest trees found across the state have been planted. Old trees have been properly conserved. During rainy season, Forest Department is doing plantation work on a large-scale across the state. Plantation is being done on the vacant spots on the riverbanks.
Oxyzone has rides for children, open air gym equippments and a hub for various species of birds and butterflies. Lawns have been developed in the oxyzone and it also has a small rose graden.
For walks, oxyzone has 3km-long pathways. Besides it has two water-bodies one of which is natural and other one has been built. Rainwater gets channeled and collected here for irrigating the plants. A waterfall has also been developed here, which looks mesmerizing with lights in the nighttime. It is a beautiful selfie zone for youngsters. On the occasion, Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu, Commissioner Mr. GR Churendra, Collector Dr S Bharatidasan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi, PCCF of Chhattisgarh State Forest Development Corporation Mr. Rajesh Govardhan, Senior SP Mr. Ajay Yadav and Commissioner Raipur Municipal Corporation Mr. Saurabh Kumar and other department officials were also present.
Chhattisgarh’s economy swiftly getting back on track after unlock : GST, Automobile, Agriculture and other sectors picking up the pace, as a result of initiatives taken by Chhattisgarh Government
22% hike in GST collection as compared to last year
Vehicle Registration increases by 3.5 times as compared to status in May month
Chhattisgarh has served as the light-bearer in this time of crisis : Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
While the entire country is experiencing economic crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic, Chhattisgarh state’s economy has picked up the pace of growth swiftly soon after the unlock. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, State Government’s consistent efforts have begun to yeild results in terms of significant growth in GST, Automobile, Agriculture and other sectors in the state. GST collection in the state has increased by 22% as compared to the last year, while number of vehicle registrations have increased by 3.5 times as compared to the status in May month this year. Chhattisgarh has also secured top position in providing employment to people under MNREGA and in bringing relief to forest dwellers engaged in collection of forest produce.
Even during lockdown, GST collection in Chhattisgarh had increased. As compared to the collection last year in the month of June, GST collection this year in the month of June has increased by 22%. In year 2019, GST worth Rs 2093 crore was collected, whereas this year GST collection is Rs 2549 crore. Automobile industry was doing noticeably good business even during the lockdown period. In June 2020, after Jaipur Rajasthan, maximum sale of cars and bikes have been recorded in Raipur Chhattisgarh. In May month, nearly 7 thousand 603 bikes were sold in Raipur, while in the month of June this number increased to 27 thousand. Likewise, number of cards sold in May month was 1107, whereas in the month of June 2889 cars were sold. According to the information recieved from RTO office, during the lockdown period, 891 vehicles were registered in April month, 9681 in May month and nearly 32 thousand 982 vehicles were registered at Registration transport offices in the month of June this year. After sanction of the first installment under Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana, farmers have purchased three thousand new tractors.
Chhattisgarh also ranks top in the country in terms of providing 100-day employment to MNREGA job card holding families. Likewise, Chhattisgarh ranks second in generating employment against the given target. In the first trimester itself, employment of 8.85 crore man days has been created in the state. Till date, 55981 families have recieved employment of 100 days. 41% of the total number of families getting employment of 100-days across the country are from Chhattisgarh alone. Chhattisgarh has achieved 66% of the target of generating employment this year. Naxal-affected districts are leading in terms of completion of more than 70% of the works against the target.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has increased the number of forest produces procured at support price in the state from 7 to 31. Chhattisgarh holds the top rank in the country in terms of minor forest produce collection during lockdown period. Chhattisgarh has achieved its target for the year within 6 months. Till date, nearly 1.5 quintals of minor forest produce worth nearly Rs 104 crore has been collected in the state.
Despite the difficult circumstances due to the global pandemic COVID-19, unemployment rate in Chhattisgarh has significantly decreased. As per the survey report of CMIE, rate of unemployment in the state in Aprill month was 3.4%, which is the lowest of 12 months. It is significantly less that the national rate of unemployment i.e. 23.5%. Reserve Bank of India has praised the growth in agriculture and agriculture-related works in Chhattisgarh during Lockdown. RBI report states that even during the nation-wide lockdown, Chhattisgarh has experienced accelerated economic growth.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that Chhattisgarh has emerged as an example for the country, in this time of crisis. Achievements of the state during this difficult time is not only the result of Government’s determination but also the outcome of the discipline maintained by people in Chhattisgarh. He said that our condition is much better in terms of containment of the virus and also in terms of providing treatment facilities. With this determination and discipline, we would not only overcome this period of crisis but would also achieve our goal of building ‘Nava Chhattisgarh’.
Chief Minister gave big relief to passenger bus operators during Corona period
Exemption in monthly tax in the month of June: Earlier, exemption was given in monthly tax in the months of April and May.
Bus operators will get a profit of 5 crores
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has given a big relief to the passenger bus operators of the state in odd circumstances arising out of the Corona crisis. He has also given exemption in monthly tax for the month of June to the passenger bus operators. Earlier, the monthly tax exemption for the months of April and May was provided by the state government. In this way, bus operators have been exempted from paying monthly tax for three months in April, May and June by the Government of Chhattisgarh. With this decision of the state government, the passenger bus operators of the state will get a benefit of about five crore rupees.
Significantly, during the corona virus (Kovid-19), the situation arising out of lockdown faced various difficulties of the bus operators of the state. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel had directed the Transport Department to provide relief. During the lockdown period, passenger buses stopped operating on their scheduled route. On June 4, on the instructions of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, the state's inter-state and all-India tourist permit and all-storey passenger vehicles were given complete exemption from payment of monthly tax for the period April and May. The operation of passenger buses plying regularly on various routes of the state has been completely closed even during the month of June. Due to which the affected bus operators demanded tax exemption, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has given monthly tax rebate in the month of June also. As a result, bus operators going through economic crisis will be benefited. Due to this decision of the state government, the amount payable to the passenger bus operators of the state will be about five crore rupees. Similarly, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel has also instructed the Transport Department to take action for exemption for two months period from the provisions of depositing advance tax payable in advance before putting the vehicle in use.
Online Bhumipujan and Foundation laying of Fortis OP Jindal Hospital Phase-II in Raigarh by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Jindal Group has done commendable work in medical and education sectors besides industialization : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Ultramodern medical facilities to be developed in the Hospital at the cost of nearly 25 crore
JSPL is committed to provide betther healthcare facility to people of Raigarh : Mr. Naveen Jindal
Mr. Naveen Jinddal presents check worth Rs 2 crore to Chief Minister Mr. Baghel as contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel did online bhumipujan and foundation laying of Phase-II expansion works of Fortis OP Jindal Hospital and Research Center, Raigarh, from his residence office today. New facilities in this hospital are being development at the cost of nearly 25 crore. 85 additional bed-capacity will be developed in this hospital. On the occasion, JSPL Chairman Mr. Naveen Jindal was present at CM House and members of JSPL family and group were present at the program venue of Raigarh. Chief Minister congratulated Mr. Naveen Jindal and people of Jindal group. On the occasion, Mr. Naveen Jindal handed over cheque of Rs 2 crore for Chief Minister Relief Fund to Chief Minister. Mr. Baghel thanked him for the contribution.
On the occasion, Chief Minister said that Fortis-OP Jindal Hospital is a well-equipped healthcare facility for people of Raigarh and surrounding areas. The hospital has experienced doctors and international-level medical facilities are available. Mr. Baghel said that expansion of this hospital will provide even better health facilities to people of the area. People here will not have to travel all the way to other cities for treatment of critical diseases including COVID-19. Mr. Baghel praised the works being done by Jindal group in industrial sector as well as in education and medical sector. Mr. Baghel thanked Mr. Naveen Jindal’s offer to provide necessary support in all the areas including medical sector, on behalf of Jindal group, during this difficult situation of global pandemic. Chief Minister said that it is necessary for people to be careful about their health and improve their immunity during this corona crisis. State Government is working in collaboration with social organizations and common people, to prevent corona infection in both villages and cities of Chhattisgarh. This has helped in containing the virus to a great extent.
JSPL Chairman Mr. Naveen Jindal said on the occasion that steps taken in Chhattisgarh under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel to prevent corona infection are being appreciated across the country. He said that expansion of Fortis OP Jindal Hospital will provide better medical facilities to people of Raigarh area, especially poor people. He said that this hospital expansion work will be completed in two years. Mr. Jindal said that they would fulfill all the responsibilities given by State Government in health, education and industrial sectors, during covid-19 crisis. He said that his organization is committed to provide better health services to people of Raigar. After the constrcution work of the second phase, the hospital will have 155-bed capacity.
In the second phase, Fortis OP Jindal Hospital and Research Centre will have another building constructed over 50 thousand sq ft at the cost of Rs 25 crore and equipp it with various facilities including 85 additional beds, isolation ward and ICU facility as per ICMR guidelines. Besides, the Hospital will also have specialist physicians of neuro-icu, dialysis, radiology, endoscopy, gastro-antrology, urology, nephrology, heart surgery etc.
Youth who attempted suicide in Civil Lines is undergoing treatment, condition out of danger : No one should take such extreme steps out of emotional overwhelm, says Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
The person from Dhamtari district, who tried to commit suicide by setting himself ablaze in civil lines area of capital city Raipur today afternoon, sustained burn injuries and is undergoing treatment in a hospital. Chief Minister said that no one should take such extreme step out of emotional overwhelm.
State Government has made arrangements to provide employment across the state, in this period of corona crisis. Chief Minister has prayed for speedy health recovery of Hardev Sinha. According to the information received from family of the person, 27-year-old Hardev Sinha of village Telinasatti of Dhamtari district has been mentally ill for last 2 years.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate Dhamtari informed in the context that Hardev lives with his parents and three brothers. His wife works as labourer and he has two daughters of 6 years and 3 years of age. Hardev’s younger brother has also been mentally ill, because of which he is unmarried and stays at home. Elder brother works at a garage and his father also stays at home. Hardev Sinha owns two-acres of agricultural land in his village and has studied upto 9th. Hardev Sinha has job card under MNREGA and last month, he was given work of 11 days. His family members got 21 days of employment. Hardev Sinha had also applied for permission to make youtube movide in gram panchayat Telinsatti.
Women of Multi-utility Centre did business of Rs 1.10 crore in six months : Chief Minister Mr. Baghel appreciated the quality of products made by women groups
Sanction of Rs 15 lakh from CSR fund announced for activities in Multi-utility Center
Chief Minister meets women of ‘Kalpatru’ Multi-utility Center Serikhedi
Multi-utility center proved to be boon for women during corona crisis
Rs 30 lakh provided to women as wages
Women of Bihaan Raipur (Ujala Gram Sangathan) working at ‘Kalptaru’ Multi-utility Center, Serikhedi today paid courtesy call on Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. Women showed various products made by them at the center to Chief Minister. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel praised the products made by the women and asked for more information about it. To encourage the women to keep up the good work, CHief Minister sanctioned Rs 15 lakh from CSR funds for various activities at Multi-utility Center in Serikhedi.
On the occasion, Chief Minister released a folder based on products and activities of Serikhedi Multi-utility Center. Women told Chief Minister the center has providied them employment and income during this tough time of corona crisis. Women had brought vases made of cowdung, rakhi etc products made by them to show to Chief Minister. Women Group Head Mrs Mohini Daharia thanked Chief Minister for launch of Godhan Nyay Yojana.
Under State Rural Livelihood Mission (Bihaan), women groups in this center manufacture glycerine soap, designer candles, bamboo tree guards, incense sticks, phenyls, face wash, mushroom, munga powder, cookies, herbal tea, LED bulb, sleeper, cowdung vases, herbal gulaal, and bamboo, cowdung, vegetable seeds and designer rakhis. During corona crisis, women at the center have started making sanitizers, face shields, three layer cotton mask, medical gown and PPE kits. Corona safety kits are also being prepared for labourers in quarantine centers.
On the occasion, Raipur Collector Mr. S Bharatidasan informed Chief Minister that 180 women are working in this center, which was started in December last year. Products produced made by the women have done business of nearly Rs 1 crore 10 lakh. In this duration nearly Rs 30 lakh have been paid as wages to women. Women working here are being paid Rs 25 per hour as wages. Every woman worker here gets an average daily wage of Rs 200. Women are making cowdung powder, potato vitamin E, camel milk, goat milk and Aloe vera soaps of high quality. High quality of these products is the major reason behind their good sale. Till date, soaps worth nearly Rs 12 lakh have been sold from this centre. Soaps made in this center are being procured by Government of India’s Khadi Board to sell across the country. Masks made in this center is being sold at Rs 40 only, where as the price of these masks in market is Rs 120. 35 self-help groups of Ujala Gram Sangathan are associated with multi-utility center.
Women workers of the center have prepared 11 thousand bamboo tree guards. Bamboo Tree Guards worth nearly Rs 46 lakh have been sold so far, earning a profit of Rs 5-6 lakh. Women working in this center also run dal-bhaat center and aanganbadi centers. Meanwhile during the meeting, Cheif Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary of Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddhartha Komal Singh Pardeshi, Jila Panchayat Raipur CEO Dr Gaurav Kumar Singh, Women Workers Mrs Mohini Daharia, Mrs. Swamita Verma, Mrs. Daya Dhrub, Mrs. Lata Manhar and Mrs. Seema Sahu were also present.