2 April: Covid19 Updates for Rajasthan
This posts summarises important developments & government actions related to Covid19 in Rajasthan for 2 April 2020:
CM orders random testing
On 2 April, CM Shri Gehlot directed authorities to conduct random tests for detection of cases. He urged that random tests will enable the state to get the exact status of infections. He also appealed to the members of the Tablihi Jamaat to voluntarily come forward for tests in the larger interest of humanity, society and the country.
State falls short of only 3000 beds against target capacity
The state government is falling short of 3,000 more beds to meet the target of achieving 1 lakh beds for self-quarantine. The beds were identified by the state after exploring all possible places and zeroing in on those meeting the criteria. It has also acquired places offered by civil society members.
Khadi Units pitching in for Masks
Rajasthan has now turned towards khadi to fill in the gap for face masks that are in huge demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are 16 khadi centres in the state currently producing fabric masks to bridge the supply gap.
The khadi board has a target to produce at least 10,000 such masks, of which 3,000 have already been supplied to district administration and other public offices for free distribution.
CM seeks 1 Lac aid crore from PM
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide an immediate assistance of Rs 1 lakh crore to states to deal with the situation arising due to Covid-19 global pandemic. Additionally, he also requested the Centre to immediately provide relief package and to also permit to increase the credit limit of the state up to 2%.
Mill Owners can directly buy Wheat
The agriculture department has started a campaign to issue permit to mill owners to procure wheat, rice, oil and pulses directly from the farmers. Till now, the mill owners were issued permit for processing agricultural produce through traders.
Rajasthan Consumers can defer electricity bill payment
In a major relief to common people, farmers and industry, the state government on 2 April decided to defer payment of power and water bills for the months of March and April. The government said that electricity bills for March and April can be paid with the bill of May. But those consumers who pay their bills before May 31 will get a 5% reduction on their next bill. The government will provide an advance of Rs 650 core to Discoms in lieu of the relief. Similarly, water bills for the months of March and April has been deferred till June.
- 2 April Press Release – PDF