Chief Minister of the state Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel chaired the Cabinet Meeting to discuss about the progress of various works which are being undertaken to curb COVID-19 in Gujarat.
It was the fourth consecutive cabinet meeting through video conference amidst the crisis. Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja were a part of the meeting. Providing details of the meeting, Secretary to CM Ashwani Kumar said, “The Chief Minister obtained the report of various measures taken by the district administration for ensuring provision of essential items, status of the industrial units which have been restarted, position of workers in such units etc and the overall status of health care facilities.
He instructed the District Collectors and Health department to follow the action plan diligently.” The CM has appointed senior secretaries to oversee the management of COVID-19 action plan in 7 districts having more than 10 COVID-19 cases. Sonal Mishra, Secretary of Narmada Department has been appointed for Bhavnagar, P.S Tourism Mamata Verma for Patan, M.D of GMDC AM Solanki for Banaskantha, M.D of GUVNL Shahmeena Hussain for Bharuch, Commissioner of Road Transport Rajesh Maanju for Panchmahal, Secretary for Cottage Industries Sandeep Kumar for Anand and Rupwant Singh, Secretary for Finance (Expenditure) for Aravalli. 121 APMCs are operational in the state. 2,31,054 quintals of grains have been sold through them since the time they were re-opened.
This includes 1,35,023 quintals of castor and 11,655 quintals of mustard and 96334 quintals of other products. The CM has also made provisions to ensure that the farmers producing tobacco can sell their produce at APMCs.
The state government has directly purchased 60 quintals of tobacco from Saavli -Vadodara market yard, 100 quintals from Petlad market yard in Anand and 30 thousand quintals from Vijapur market yard in Mehsana from farmers. The state government has approved more than 34,000 industrial units to operate from 20th April, 2020 . This has enabled around 2,40,000 labourers to resume their duties. Around 17,400 workers are working at 254 construction sites.
A total amount of Rs.65 crores was deposited in the bank accounts of NFSA card holders in 6 tribal districts on Monday i.e 20th April, 2020. A sum of ₹ 85 crores was deposited in the bank accounts of NFSA card holders in 12 districts on 21st Aprl, 2020 and a sum of ₹ 84 crores in 7 more districts.
This equals to a total sum of ₹ 253 crores for 23 lakh beneficiaries. The amount was deposited as a part of CM’s announcement to deposit Rs.1000 through DBT in the bank accounts of 66 lakh NFSA card holders. Around 2 crore 9 lakh 94 thousand food packets have been distributed to the needy till date. 45.95 lakh liters of milk was distributed. 1,09,410 quintals of vegetables and 9868 quintals of fruits are available in the market.