Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha begins today
Governor lauds State Government for efficiently tackling COVID-19 Pandemic
Chandigarh, March 5- Haryana Governor, Sh. Satyadeo Narain Arya while lauding the efforts of State Government for efficiently tackling COVID-19 Pandemic said that like every other State in the Country Haryana Vidhan Sabha is also meeting in the shadow of a global Pandemic that has changed the world in Stateriad ways. The Government has taken various initiatives to effectively control the spread of this Pandemic.
Sh. Satyadeo Narain Arya was delivering his address on the first day of Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha which commenced here today.
Divulging details regarding the steps taken by the State Government during COVID-19, Sh. Satyadeo Narain Arya said that because of the decisive strategy adopted by the State Government, the positivity rate of the COVID samples has been drastically reduced to 4.8 percent, the State’s mortality rate is 1.1 percent whereas recovery rate is 98.4 percent. So as to ameliorate the distress caused during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government distributed essential commodities free of cost in the PDS basket from April to June, 2020.
Additional Wheat and Sabut Channa distributed under PMGKY
The Governor shared that Additional Wheat and Sabut Channa distributed under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) was distributed free of cost to Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Other Priority Household (OPH) beneficiaries.
Haryana is the First State to implement Atam Nirbhar Bharat/ Distress Ration Token Scheme
The Governor said that Haryana is the First State to implement Atam Nirbhar Bharat/ Distress Ration Token Scheme targeted to help those persons who were economically distressed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and were not covered under the umbrella of any of the schemes of the Public Distribution System (PDS). Persons, who had no Ration Cards, were provided 5 kg Wheat per person and 1 Kg Daal per family per month during the months of May and June, 2020.
Besides this, the State Government also provided an amount of Rs. 131.85 crore to the Departments of Medical Education and Research, Urban Local Bodies, Home and Health and Family Welfare from the State Disaster Response Fund for containment of COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, an amount of Rs. 9.10 crore was sanctioned to the Deputy Commissioners of the State for the same, said the Governor.
Financial assistance amounting to Rs. 730 crore provided to more than 17 lakh families
The Governor shared that during COVID-19 the Government has provided financial assistance amounting to Rs. 730 crore to more than 17 lakh families at the rate of Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 per family. Under Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana 8,76,103 families were disbursed an amount of approximately Rs. 270 crore. As many as 4,67,604 BPL families and 3,50,621 registered building and other construction workers were released an amount of approximately Rs. 250 crore and Rs. 175 crore respectively. More than 70,000 workers of un-organized sector were disbursed an amount of Rs. 35 crore as financial assistance.
As many as 4,44,422 migrant workers sent to their home states
Sh. Satyadeo Narain Arya shared that the Government under operation Samvedna has sent 4,44,422 migrant workers to their home states through 100 Special Shramik trains and 6629 buses incurring an expenditure of Rs. 8.21 crore.
State Corona Warriors did commendable work to combat COVID-19
The Governor also applauded State Corona Warriors who have led the fight against this deadly virus. He also acknowledged the selfless efforts of countless doctors, health workers, policemen, sanitation workers, revenue officials, Government servants, non-government organizations (NGOs), social workers, volunteers and many others who worked tirelessly and selflessly without fear to combat the Pandemic. Sh. Satyadeo Narain Arya also prayed for the people who had succumbed to COVID-19 illness and said that may their souls rest in peace.
Year 2021 has arrived with hope and expectations
The Governor said that the year 2021 has arrived with hope and expectations. Humankind has never in the past come together and acted as one to find a vaccine to protect us. Under the leadership of Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi, India has been at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of the vaccine for the people of the world. Following the eternal principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, India has emerged as leader of soft diplomacy by sharing its vaccine with the people of South Asia and many other countries of the world.
“Haryana Government congratulates the scientists and those from the pharmaceutical industry who have made us proud in the midst of this unprecedented crisis. The protection of the people of Haryana through vaccination has commenced and State Government hopes that our people will be shielded from the coronavirus this year and the pandemic will be a memory of the past,” said Sh. Satyadeo Narain Arya.