Lucknow: The Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Information, Awanish Kumar Awasthi, said that the Chief Minister, welcoming the extension of the lockdown period by the Prime Minister till May 03, 2020, had said that in Uttar Pradesh, the lockdown would be implemented very effectively.
Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he directed the concerning officers to provide emergency services to the people in all the government hospitals and the hospitals listed under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna. Under it, training should be imparted to doctors, nursing staff, paramedics and NCC/NSS volunteers on daily basis.
Awasthi said that the CM had directed the concerning officers to ensure hassle free reach of farm produces to markets and mandis. Also, the supply chain should be strengthened so that these items reach the common consumer easily. It should be ensured that there is no shortage of food grains or food anywhere in the state. The supply chain, medical screening and sanitization in the hotspot areas should be made more effective. Reach of farm produces, procurement of crops and arrangements in mandis should be further streamlined. The Animal Husbandry Department has been directed to purchase hay stock from fields and make it available to bovine shelters.
Awasthi said that so far 149 hotspots have been identified under the first phase. So far 175285 houses and 1005762 people therein have been identified. As many as 443 Corona positive persons have been detected in these hotspots. Out of 2671 Corona suspicious persons, 2627 have been kept in institutional quarantines. In the second phase, action has been taken to identify 68 hotspots. So far, 184137 houses and 1091794 inmates therein have been identified. There are 88 Corona positive persons in these hot spots, while 1086 persons have been kept in institutional quarantines.
In the hotspot areas of the state, the people living there are being provided milk through 1405 doorstep delivery milk booths and deliveryman. In all 3805 vehicles have been deployed for vegetable and fruit distribution. Essential commodities are being delivered in these areas through 23143 persons and 2479 provision stores. As many as 333 community kitchens are operational in the hotspot areas.
Awasthi said that under the police action taken by the police department during the lockdown period in the wake of Coronavirus in the state, FIR has been registered under the section 188 against 17585 persons. During the intensive checking of 1650149 vehicles so far, 22632 vehicles have been seized and Rs. 68420640 has been realized by way of compounding fee. Permits have issued to 152861 vehicles for essential services. He said that 404 FIRs had been registered 506 persons indulging in black-marketing and hoarding and 179 arrested. He said that the state government was keeping a close watch over fake news and so far 285 cases of fake news had been taken into cognizance and referred to the Cyber Cell, which would take action after investigation.
Awasthi said that food packets had been distributed among 1220867 persons through 714 government and 1623 community kitchens in the state. Under the Food grain Distribution Scheme, food grains have been distributed on 11150888 ration cards against the 1,29,12,178 ration cards (including the number of Antyodaya) under the free category. Besides, ration has been distributed on 2,95,48,594 ration cards against 3,53,03,854 ration cards currently under circulation in the state. Under the doorstep delivery dispensation, 21,256 Kirana Stores are functioning in the state. Through these stores, 49,399 deliverymen are regularly supplying essential commodities. Under the fruit and vegetable distribution system 43,077 vehicles have been arranged. Against the total procurement of 53.03 lakh litres of milk, 34.50 lakh litres of milk have been distributed through 20,267 delivery vans.
Awasthi said that under the workers maintenance scheme of the UP Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, an amount of Rs 1000 per worker has been sent through RTGS to the bank account of 12.86 lakh workers engaged in construction works. Besides, an amount of Rs. 1000 per worker has also been paid to 5.05 lakh workers in urban areas and 3.62 lakh destitute persons in rural areas. He said that 34742 factories in the state had been contacted and 32613 of them had paid wages to their workers. He said that so far 5720 industrial units had started functioning.
Awasthi said that each person who has completed quarantine period at the shelter place and is going to home quarantine, is given ration of 15 days. Also, at the time of discharge of the person from quarantine, his or her complete detail would be filled up in a prescribed pro forma and handed over to the concerning CMO to make it available to the surveillance team which would keep the person under its strict watch during the 14 days home quarantine.
Principal Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad, said that 14 testing labs were functional in the state and now about 2000 samples are being tested daily in the state. So far, 15886 persons have tested, out of which 15229 had been tested negative. Till now, 657 Corona positive cases have been detected in 44 districts of the state and 49 of these cases have been fully cured. He said that among the total positive detected cases, 375 belonged to Tablighi Jamaat.