Shimla: Institutional quarantine facility in every district of the State needs to be strengthened keeping in view the large number of Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country willing to come back to their native places. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while holding video conferencing with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla today. Jai Ram Thakur said that as many as 68 thousand people of the State have applied for e-pass for entering to the State. He said that as large number of these people would be coming from red zones, therefore would require institutional quarantine facility. He directed the Deputy Commissioners to identify adequate number of such facilities in their respective districts. He said that it should be ensured that these institutions were away from busy areas and have independent facility like wash rooms etc. He said that proper sanitization and hygiene of these institutions must be ensured. Chief Minister said that institutional quarantine facilities must be created in such a way that people willing to pay for better facilities would be provided the same on payment basis.
Chief Minister said that all the people coming from red zones and with ILI symptoms must be kept in institutional quarantine. He said that each and every person entering the State should be thoroughly medically examined and only then decided whether he/she has to be kept under institutional quarantine or home quarantine. Thakur said that special train from Bengaluru would reach Una on 13th May at 6.00 AM and another special train from Thivim/Margao/Karamali (Goa) would be reaching Una on 15th May, 2020. He directed the DC Una to make foolproof arrangements to ensure that there was no chaos and elaborate arrangements were made for their medical examination and also ensuring their further journey to their respective districts. He said that arrangements of food packets, water etc. should also be made to facilitate these people.
Chief Minister said that he has also had a telephonic conversation with his Uttarakhand counterpart T.S. Rawat to help the Himachalis stranded in Uttarakhand State. He said that the Uttarakhand Government has agreed to bring all the stranded Himachalis at various places of Uttarakhand upto Dehradun and from there adequate arrangements would be made to bring them to their native place.Jai Ram Thakur said that intra-district movement must now be allowed without pass whereas inter-district movement should also be allowed with permit, except from the Baddi Police district comprising of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh area. He also stressed the need for starting economic activities in the State. He said that steps should also be taken to develop a mechanism to make home quarantine more stringent. He said that the Deputy Commissioners must involve representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and health workers to keep an eye on such houses, so that persons do not jump from home quarantine.
Jai Ram Thakur said that about 300 students would also be arriving from Ukraine at Chandigarh soon. He said that all these students would be kept under institutional quarantine.Chief Secretary Anil Khachi said that mass movement of migrants from the State should be staggered and efforts be made to provide adequate work opportunities to the labourers to check their migration.Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretaries Onkar Sharma and J.C. Sharma and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu also shared their views.Deputy Commissioners of the State also gave details regarding arrangements made by them in their respective districts to facilitate the people arriving from various parts of the country.