Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has urged the MLAs to procure the lists of people of their constituencies stranded in other parts of the Country visiting their native places well in advance so that they could timely get in contact with the family members of such persons and sensitize them regarding social distancing and importance of isolation to check the vicious cycle of Covid-19.Chief Minister was addressing the BJP MLAs through video conferencing from Shimla today. Chief Minister said that over one lakh Himachalis have already reached Himachal Pradesh and 60,000 more are expected to come back to the State during next few days. He said that it was responsibility of the State Government to ensure safety of the people stranded in various parts of the country but at the same time government was also ensuring that they do not carry any infection which may harm others. He said that MLAs must keep a close watch on entry of all such people and persuade them to remain in quarantine.Jai Ram Thakur said that the MLAs should also coordinate with Panchayats Pradhans and other party functionaries of the area so that foolproof arrangements could be made for quarantine of the coming persons. He said that they should also ensure that general public in their respective areas maintain proper social distancing and also wear face cover. He said that the lockdown in wake of the pandemic has adversely affected the economy of the country as well as the State. He said that steps should now be initiated at the local level to take up developmental works and generate economic activities.
Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs. 20 lakh crore economic package to provide relief to the people of the country. He said that efforts must be made to educate the masses about this package so that they could get benefit of it. He said that the State would be immensely benefitted as almost 95 percent of industries fall under MSME categories as Prime Minister has announced a economic incentive of Rs. 50000 crore for this vital sector.Jai Ram Thakur said that situation of country was far more better than most of the developed countries and credit of this goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking timely and farsighted decisions. He said it was due to the decision of Prime Minister to go for complete lockdown which helped in checking spread of this virus to a great extent.Chief Minister said that the State Government at its level had also taken some measures for the benefit of the working class. He said that the Government had also decided to enhance the upper income ceiling limit for selection of beneficiaries of BPL/priority households to Rs. 45000 approximately. This will increase the number of National Food Security Act households by 1,50,000 thereby making them eligible for getting wheat atta and rice at the highly subsidized rate of Rs. 3.30 per kg. and Rs. 2 per kg. respectively, he added.Jai Ram Thakur also asked the MLAs to counter the political motivated and malicious propaganda of opposition through social media and other modes of communications by putting forth factual situation before the public.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj welcomed the Chief Minister, Ministers and MLAs in the video conferencing.State BJP President Dr. Rajiv Bindal congratulated the Chief Minister for effectively fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the State. He said that it was due to hard work of the Chief Minister that Himachal Pradesh was one of the best position State in this pandemic. He also informed that BJP has distributed about 1.10 lakh Modi ration kits and 18 lakh face masks to the needy people. He said that BJP workers have also contributed about Rs. 10 crore towards the PM CARES and State Covid Fund.Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh, Industries Minister Bikram Singh, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal and MLA Nachan Vinod Kumar were present at Oak Over during the video conferencing whereas Speaker Vidhan Sabha Vipin Parmar, Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar, Forest Minister Govind Thakur and all the MLAs of the BJP joined the video conferencing from their respective areas and shared their views.