CM announces relief measures for BPL families & migrant workers; free ration & other essentials

CM announces relief measures for BPL families & migrant workers; free ration & other essentials

Gangtok, March 29:

The Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) on Sunday through a live video conference on his official Facebook page addressed various issues and made new announcements.

At the outset, he extended his gratitude to the public and healthcare workers, law and order officials, NGOs, Government employees for making the Janta curfew on 22 March a success in Sikkim.

“Since most countries in the world have implemented shutdown, India isn’t any different,” said the CM. “Given the gravity of the situation and added that the Government understands that this is an inconvenience for many, but also nothing comes above human life and safety, and a countrywide lockdown is the only solution to further prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, it becomes important that people obey government circulars and orders.”

He criticized the politicizing of the current situation, saying that right now there shouldn’t be discussions of opposition and leading parties and people should unite and find a solution best suited for our state rather than arguing.

Further, the Chief  Minister said that because the state government was alert when cases of the COVID-19 first arose in China, and from 27 January the Rangpo and Melli check posts started screening everyone who entered the state. This was done before other states in India, which could also be the reason that Sikkim has no confirmed cases yet. Other early preventive measures that also helped he said was, foreign national tourists were not allowed into the state and Inner Line Permits (ILP) were cancelled from 5 March and national tourists were banned from 17 March.

Important  announcements made by the Chief Minister:

  1. At STNM Hospital, Sochaygang, a 166 bedded isolation ward has been made ready. Central Referal Hospital (CRH) has a 20 bedded isolation unit prepared. Ayush Hospital, Geyzing, has a 5 bedded isolation ward. At Army Hospital, Libing, a 41 bedded isolation unit has been prepared. Likewise, at STNM hospital, Sochaygang, there are 55 ventilators in total- 38 for adults and 17 for children and CRH, has 2 ventilators. Ayush Hospital, Geyzing, has no ventilators at the moment while and the Army Hospital, Libing, has 2 ventilators. In total Sikkim, at present has 59 ventilators prepared. In case the need presents, the Chief Minister informed that Intensive Care Units (ICU) has also been readied. STNM Sochaygang has 8 ICU units prepared, adding that more ICUs will be made ready in the South and East Districts of Sikkim.
  2. Quarantine Centres across the state:
  • The SIRD, Karfectar, has a 20 bedded quarantine centre with SDM, R.B. Bhandari, as the in-charge. He can be contacted at 9832014743.
  • Mines and Geology infrastructure in Mining has a 25 bedded quarantine centre with Dr. Nagendra Gurung as the in-charge. He can be contacted at 8348148999.
  • Power Guesthouse, New Bazaar, has a 2 bedded quarantine ward with SDM, Hemant as the in-charge. He can be contacted at 9832556777.
  • At Rangpo New Tourist Guesthouse, a 16 bedded quarantine ward has been set up with Dr Nagendra Gurung and Dr Diki Ongmu as the in-charge.
  • Mines and Geology infrastructure in Mining has a 25 bedded quarantine centre with Dr Nagendra Gurung as the in-charge. He can be contacted at 8348148999.
  • Power Guesthouse, New Bazaar, has a 2 bedded quarantine ward with SDM, Hemant as the in-charge. He can be contacted at 9832556777.
  • At Rangpo New Tourist Guesthouse, a 16 bedded quarantine ward has been set up with Dr Nagendra Gurung and Dr Diki Ongmu as the in-charge.
  • At Assam Lingzey’s SICUN training centre, 48 bedded quarantine centre has been prepared with Dr Nagendra Gurung and Dr Diki Ongmu as the in-charge. As of now, Assam Lingzey’s SICUN quarantine centre has 58 students from the Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship program, who were studying in different states and were recently brought back to Sikkim. They will be kept at this quarantine centre for 14 days. Food and medication and treatments for the students are being provided by the State Government.
  • With regard to the news of shortage of masks, sanitizers and protective gears, the Chief Minister said these are lies being shown on social media by those who are politicizing a global pandemic. Logistically, the state is fully prepared, he assured and informed that to be exact, 1220 personal protective gears, 1067 N95 masks, 96,100 triple layer masks or surgical masks, 13,600 non-sterilised gloves, 5000 sterilised gloves and 300 viral transport media (VTM) are in Government’s stock. 1 VTM unit can transport 50 test samples. Therefore, 300 units can transport 15,000 samples for test, which is enough for now. More of the above have been ordered from various places he informed, adding that if healthcare workers were to treat patients while wearing full personal protective equipment then the public would be in a complete state of panic. He also advised that only healthcare workers, law and order authorities and workers who are outside need masks, gloves and sanitizers. The general public who are staying home due to the lockdown does not need it unless going outside.
  • Food and grains:
  • The Chief Minister announced in regard to food and grains, the State Government has enough to feed Sikkim’s population for 3 months. North Sikkim has 273.9 metric tonnes of Food Grains. East District has 1017 MT. South District has 581.2 MT. West District has 666.9 MT. Therefore, the total quantity of food grains available with the State is 2539 Metric Tonnes.
  • He also announced about the students and workers who were unable to return to Sikkim and are standard in other states. He notified that the Sikkim government has discussed their plight with other state governments and the central government and thus, facilities for them have been arranged along with financial help from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
  • Government employees, MR, consolidated, OFOJ and Adhoc based employees will continue to receive their salaries. For the poor, below poverty level (BPL) families and for migrant workers from other states the following relief measures has been announced on 27 March:
  • For families with three members- 20 kg rice, 5 kg lentil, 5 ltr mustard oil, 7 kg potato and 2 kg onion.
  • For families with less than three members- 10 kg rice, 2 kg lentil, 2 ltr mustard oil, 5 kg potato and 1 kg onion.
  • For Temi Tea and pharmacy workers, the Government announced that they will be paid an additional Rs. 300 daily.

The Chief Minister also requested Government employees to voluntarily donate at least 1 day’s salary into the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, which will aid in relief measures for Sikkim. Cabinet ministers of the state government and MPs could donate in the Prime minister’s Relief Fund.