By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 27 Apr: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took part in the video-conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the states’ Chief Ministers, today.
CM Rawat praised the ‘timely and courageous’ decisions taken by the Prime Minister, because of which the nation was feeling secure at the present. Every Indian was looking upon him as the nation’s guardian. The CM suggested on the occasion that the period for MNREGA work be extended from a hundred days to a hundred and fifty, keeping the needs of the present circumstance to protect the livelihood of the weaker sections.
Informing the Prime Minister about the status of COVID-19 in Uttarakhand, the Chief Minister claimed to be working on the basis of the ‘Jaan bhi, Jahaan bhi’ principle. The guidelines of the Government of India were being strictly implemented, even as the economy was being brought back on track. The Pharma and Food processing units were functional. Work had resumed in a number of industries in accordance with the centre’s guidelines.
He added that on the occasion of Akshay Tritya, the portals of the Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines had been reopened while adhering to the principle of social distancing. Reminding that Uttarakhand is a centre of tourism, particularly related to pilgrimage, he said that the lockdown had dealt a severe blow to the industry. He expressed confidence, however, that under the Prime Minister’s leadership, the conditions would soon improve.
He suggested that it was important to identify which economic activities could be resumed while keeping all the health protocols in mind. Agriculture, horticulture, stand alone businesses could be resumed in a phased manner while ensuring social distancing and mandatory use of masks.
The CM informed the Prime Minister that nine hill districts of Uttarakhand were corona free. Work on the national highways and MNREGA had been resumed. A ministerial sub-committee had been constituted, as also one comprising experts, to consider ways of reviving the economy. Their reports would be presented soon.