CM reviews Corona control arrangements and Rabi procurement work
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that total lockdown should be ensured and social distancing be followed in all districts. Infected areas should be kept completely closed and full care should be taken there to prevent the spread of infection at all. In the ongoing Rabi procurement work and purchasing through Souda Patrak (Sale letter) in the districts, it should be ensured that the traders do not charget the amount of hammali (Labour Charges) and the farmers should get the full amount of the deal. Chouhan along with the Senior Officers was reviewing the Corona control activities and rabi procurement work with all the districts through video conferencing today. The Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Director General of Police Vivek Johri, Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman and Secretary Public Relations P. Narhari were present on the occasion.
Chief Minister directed that the supply of essential commodities and potable water should be ensured in all the districts. He informed that fair price ration of 3 months has already been sent to all the districts. It should be distributed among all the eligible beneficiaries immediately.Chouhan further stated that apart from the ration card holders, ration has also been sent for 32 lakh needy persons of the state, its immediate distribution should also be ensured.
Chouhan instructed that meetings of the Crisis Management Groups, formed in every district should be held regularly and the status of corona infection and arrangements for controlling it in the districts be reviewed constantly. Full help from the public representatives, social organizations and public of the area should be taken in this activity, he added.
Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman informed that there has been an unexpected increase in Corona cases in Ujjain. Out of 173 tests conducted on April 22, 43 tests have come positive. All these cases belong to the infected areas solely. The Chief Minister directed that there is a need to pay special attention and monitoring in Ujjain.
ACS Suleman further informed that 14 labs have started functioning for Corona tests in the state. Two thousand test per day are being conducted here. No one has been found Corona positive in Shivpuri and Chhindwara districts in the last 17 days. Similarly, not a single Corona positive case has been found in the last 12 day in Morena district and in 11 days in Agar district.
While reviewing the Rabi procurement, Chouhan instructed that the amount of wheat procurement should be transferred to the accounts of the farmers as soon as possible. Principal Secretary Shiv Shekhar Shukla informed that more than Rs. 200 crore has been sent to the banks for this work. Money will be transferred in farmers’ accounts soon. So far, 9 lakh 70 thousand MT wheat at support price has already been procured in the state. Of this, 2 lakh 35 thousand MT wheat has already been transported, he added.
The Secretary Public Relations P. Narhari has informed that arrangements for Corona control in the state have been lauded by the Central Team. The team has also praised the system to purchase wheat through Souda Patrak (Sale Letter) from the doorsteps of the farmers. This work is highly commendable during the current lockdown. It was informed that out of the total procurement in the mandis, 83 percent wheat, 60% gram and 68% mustard have been procured through Souda Patrak system in the state.