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Haryana hikes ex gratia for those fighting coronavirus

Chandigarh, March 26 (IANS) Even as 18 coronavirus positive cases have so far been reported in Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced an increased ex gratia to state employees involved in the battle to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Now doctors will be entitled to Rs 50 lakh, nurses Rs 30 lakh and other employees, government or contractual, Rs 20 lakh. Earlier, the ex gratia amount was Rs 10 lakh.

He said that the state would soon announce a new scheme to overcome the problems of farmers owing to the lockdown.

The Chief Minister said this in a televised address, during which he also talked about steps being taken to fight coronavirus.

Khattar appealed to the people not to believe rumours on the social media or on other platforms.

Allaying the fears of Haryana farmers, the Chief Minister said the entire agricultural produce would be purchased by the state.

There might though be some delay in the procurement, he said.

The government has made arrangements so that the procurement of mustard and wheat would start on April 15 and April 20 respectively, if the situation is favourable. He appealed to the farmers to stock the grain till then.

According to him, the state has launched website covidssharyana.in for registration of shopowners/suppliers of groceries, vegetables and fruits, milk and medicinces, to deliver these goods to the people at their doorsteps. E-passes would be issued to them.

The Chief Minister urged the people to adhere to the lockdown by staying at home for their own safety.

He said in the last four days, as many as 33,000 people have registered themselves as volunteers in Haryana, including 546 doctors, 255 nurses, 1,108 paramedics, 4,700 home delivery assistants, 5,700 each for social distancing communication and public communication and 6,200 for supporting the district administrations.

The Chief Minister said five laboratories have been made available for testing of suspected coronavirus cases and two more testing labs would be set up.

Similarly, 2,500 isolated beds and 6,500 quarantine beds have been made available.

Till date, 18 coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Haryana. Gurgaon has the highest 10, Faridabad two, Panipat three and Panchkula, Palwal and Sonepat one each.

–IANS

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