For the past two days, the band of Kutch West Police has been entrusted with a unique responsibility, which is to thank the residents of Kutch for their cooperation in the lockdown and bring forward a message of unity in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus in Gujarat and India.
In each village, a committee comprising of four people -- a local teacher, a talati or gram sevak, a police jawan and a social activist -- has been formed to ensure that social distancing norms are followed during the distribution, officials said.
With small land-holdings, hilly terrains, water scarcity and parched lands, farming is neither profitable nor a dependable source of income in many villages.
While the state health department has been categorising seven of the total 23 positive cases in Ahmedabad as “local transmission”, the local authorities said that they have been unable to trace the chain of infection in at least three of the seven cases.
According to Ashwini Kumar, the secretary to the Chief Minister, an estimated 3.25 crore of the population which is 50 per cent of the state's population will be covered when the distribution of wheat, rice, dal, sugar and salt will begin on Wednesday for 66 lakh families who are covered under the Antodaya and Priority House-holds (PHH)
Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation, Dr RK Sinha, said the cases were not from the cluster in which a 70-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 and died on Thursday.
Dozens of daily wage labourers from MP returned to Ahmedabad on Monday, after the Gujarat Police sent them back from the bordering districts, citing strict lockdown protocol.
According officials, the two parcel trains can be run by private parties by "registering their indent" at zonal-level offices in order to transport essential goods such as milk, food items, spices and food commodities, medicines and medical equipment.
It was submitted before the High Court that the accused was 84 years old and that “considering the age and condition..., he would be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic prevailing in the State, and therefore, this is a fit case to grant temporary bail...”
After reports of mass migration of daily wage labourers had emerged. the Gujarat government had instructed police officials to stop the workers from crossing the border, as it would pose a bigger risk of contracting COVID-19.
The cosmopolitan mix of the apartment complex with professionals like doctors, nurses and officials from multinational pharma and medical companies helped the committee to take this pre-emptive measure taking a cue from other countries.
Speaking to The Indian Express, an IAS officer said that they have been receiving calls on subjects broadly categorised under medical needs, milk and dairy supplies, food-related grievances and needs related to the industrial supply chain of essential goods.
"On spotting the gathering outside the madrasa our team reached the spot and all the 34 present were booked for violating prohibitory orders under IPC section 188. No arrests have been made," CM Gamit, police sub-inspector, said.
About 3.5 lakh food packets have been given to the needy in the eight municipal corporations of Gujarat according to Ashwani Kumar, the Secretary to the Government.
“There was no work for the past one week. Our contractor said he won’t be able to take care of so many of us and we have run out of money to feed the family.”
These families were unable to pay their rents and with no earning it had become difficult to survive, as a result of which they decided to leave Surat and head to Kanpur.
The deceased patient who was also a diabetic, was among four new positive cases reported in Ahmedabad Sunday morning.
Amid the ongoing lockdown in the country amid Coronavirus outbreak, thousands of migrant daily wage labourers are stuck in cluster pockets of Ahmedabad city and Ahmedabad industrial estate areas, with minimal ration and no money
Rakesh Kumar, a native of Muzaffapur in Bihar, lives with 50 other workers on the ground floor of an under-construction building of Sahajanand Group in Science city area of Ahmedabad.
In the past three days, the Chief Minister's Relief Fund has received over Rs 25 crore from various social, educational, industrial and religious groups, apart from a few individuals.