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Cabinet Secretary’s video conference: Instructions to ensure compliance to the revised guidelines issued by Home Ministry for prevention of covid-19

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Government of India’s Cabinet Secretary Mr. Rajiv Gauba today reviewed in detail the lockdown and the measures being taken for prevention and control of COVID-19 infection, in the video conference with Chief Secretaries, Home Secretaries, Industry Secretaries and DGPs of all the states held today. From Chhattisgarh, Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mr. Subrat Sahu, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industry Mr. Manoj Pingua, Health Secretary Mrs. Niharika Barik Singh, Secretary General Administration Department Mr. Kamalpreet Singh and Additional Director General of Police Mr. Himanshu Gupta attended the view conference. 
Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal informed that in Chhattisgarh, 4933 individuals have been tested for COVID-19, out of which 33 were found positive. This is the least number of COVID-19 positive cases diagnosed in the entire country. 23 out of 28 districts have no patients of COVID-19. Chief Secretary said that COVID-19 dedicated well-equipped hospitals/units with total 1700 bed-capacity are ready. Besides, enough numbers of Rapid Testing Kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and other essential goods are available. 
Cabinet Secretary gave instructions to examine and identify works that can be done while practicing physical distancing by April 20. In rural areas, MNREGA works, water conservations, road construction, pond-related works etc can be done while practicing physical distancing and employment can be provided in rural areas. Besides, industries can start working again if they have proper food, stay etc facilities within the campus in industrial areas. Inter-state transport will not be resumed as of now. Need for strict implementation of lockdown in hotspot areas was emphasized. Besides, State Government can decide on agricultural works, rural development works and other employment-oriented works in rural areas till April 20.

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