As the global pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus is expected to hit the livelihood of daily wage earners due to slowdown in the economy, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday announced to compensate these daily earners with state support. Taking to Twitter, UP CM Yogi Adityanath informed that the loss of wages will be deposited in their bank accounts for which a committee has been set up.
Moreover, the government has also announced that the state government will bear the medical expenses of those infected with the deadly virus.
कोरोना वायरस के दुष्प्रभाव के चलते दिहाड़ी मजदूर भाई-बहनों को परिवार के भरण-पोषण में समस्या न हो, इस हेतु प्रदेश सरकार ने एक तय धनराशि मजदूर भाई-बहनों के बैंक खाते में प्रदान करने का निर्णय लिया है।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) March 17, 2020
इस संबंध में वित्तमंत्री की अध्यक्षता में गठित समिति 3 दिन में रिपोर्ट सौंपेगी।
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also announced that there will be no deduction of salary for those patients who take leave for coronavirus treatment.
किसी कारणवश यदि हमारा कोई साथी कोरोना वायरस से संक्रमित हो जाता है तो आपकी सरकार उनकी मुफ्त जांच और इलाज कराएगी।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) March 17, 2020
इसके साथ ही यह भी तय किया गया है कि इलाज हेतु लिए गए अवकाश के दौरान उनके वेतन में कोई कटौती नहीं की जाएगी।
According to the reports, the state government has also constituted a high-level committee to provide them with the required monetary support. The three-member committee, headed by the UP finance minister and comprising the state agriculture and labour ministers, has been asked by chief minister Yogi Adityanath to submit a report within three days.
“The committee will analyse the situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak so that the livelihood of the poor and daily wage earners is not affected. The state intends to provide money to these people through the real-time gross settlement (RTGS) medium,” UP cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma confirmed to the media.
In the backdrop of Coronavirus health crisis, the Uttar Pradesh government has banned all forms of protest and demonstrations in the state to protect the general public from this pandemic. Meanwhile, the CM has directed for the closure of all schools, colleges, and educational institutions till April 2, while also suspending all competitive and academic board examinations. Earlier, the schools and colleges were closed till March 22 even as the ongoing exams were not disturbed.
The government has also decided to close down all the tourist sports till March 31, although the process of sanitising these places would continue, said the minister. “The state government has decided to implement the central government advisory pertaining to coronavirus in totality,” he added.
Speaking on the preparedness of the state to handle the crisis, Sharma added the CM Yogi Adityanath had appealed to the people to avoid crowded places and not to panic on the issue, although the masses should exercise caution and spread awareness. All the cinema halls and multiplexes have also been ordered to close down till April 2 in UP even as the respective district magistrates have been directed to speed up the awareness campaign through posters and banners.
“At present, the state is under stage II of coronavirus and with effective campaign and public awareness, we can prevent it from reaching the critical stage III,” Sharma underlined.
Meanwhile, the government has advised the private companies to allow their employees to work from home, while a committee headed by the state chief secretary has been constituted to suggest similar measures for the government employees. The state government has mandated free treatment of coronavirus patients, while the government and non-government employees have been assured that their salaries would not be cut during the work of the home regime.
Till now, 13 coronavirus positive cases have been identified in UP at Agra, Lucknow, Noida and Ghaziabad with the Taj City leading the tally with 8 cases. More than 1.3 million travellers have so been screened at the airports and Nepal border check posts.