Himachal Pradesh to emerge as corona free state soon :CM

Shimla: Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur during video conference meeting with Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers from Shimla on 3rd May 2020.
· 1314 persons of Kangra, Hamirpur, Una and Chamba evacuated from Tri-City

While holding video conferencing with Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers from Shimla today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers of the State to ensure that the persons visiting the State from other parts of the country must follow strict quarantine norms while in home quarantine.

Chief Minister said due to collective efforts of the State Government and active cooperation of people, Himachal Pradesh is poised to soon emerge as Corona Free State. He said it becomes all the more important that strict vigil must be maintained on each and every person visiting the State. He said that downloading of Aarogya Setu app must be mandatory for the people entering the State. He said that it would be the responsibility of the elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies to ensure that the person entering their village do not jump quarantine.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the persons coming home particularly from red or orange zone must ensure that while remaining in home quarantine, they maintain social distancing even with their family members. He said that the State Government was ensuring that all possible help be provided to the people of the State stranded in other parts of the country. He said that it also becomes their moral responsibility to strictly follow the guidelines of the State Government and cooperate with the Government for strictly adhering to home quarantine norms.

Chief Minister said that as many as 1314 persons stranded in Tri-City area were brought back to State in 51 buses, which include 609 people of Kangra district, 335 people of Hamirpur district, 132 people of Una district and 238 people of Chamba district. He said that it was the largest movement of stranded people of HP for bringing them back safely to the State. He said that more such people of the other districts stranded in the Tri-City would be brought back tomorrow. He said that all these persons would be medically examined for any ILI symptoms and only thereafter kept in home quarantine.

Chief Minister said that economic activities particularly in the green zones have been started and special thrust was being laid on providing smooth movement of essential commodities and farming equipments. He said that since shops were allowed to open with few exceptions during the curfew hours, it must be ensured that effective social distancing is maintained and everyone uses face masks and sanitizer.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi said that people arriving from other States must be allowed to go to their respective destinations for home quarantine only after properly recording their complete travel and contact history.

Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Additional Chief Secretaries Manoj Kumar and R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretary Onkar Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu said that although the liquor shops would remain open during the curfew relaxation hours, Bars and Ahtas however would remain closed.

Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, Principal Secretary PWD, J.C.Sharma and Secretary IPR Rajneesh were also present in the meeting.