Chandigarh: Amid a surge in Covid circumstances and 50% income decline for the primary quarter of this fiscal in Punjab, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch a liberal monetary bundle for states to fill the gathering hole attributable to the pandemic in addition to flexibility on Covid-related phrases of expenditure in SDRF.
Throughout a video-conference meet of the Prime Minister with chief ministers of some states to assessment the Covid scenario, Captain Amarinder Singh mentioned the present cap of 35% within the State Catastrophe Reduction Fund (SDRF) for Covid-related expenditure, in accordance with dwelling ministry tips, is just not adequate to satisfy the current requirement.
Citing the state’s rising variety of Covid circumstances, which have gone as much as 24,891 with 604 deaths, the chief minister urged the Prime Minister to assessment the UGC resolution on necessary exams for exit lessons to be held by September 30.
“Punjab might not be able to conduct exams in September as it might be dealing with its peak at the moment,” he mentioned, suggesting selling college students on previous efficiency and inside evaluation, with the choice to take exams later for these wanting to enhance their efficiency.
He sought the Centre’s help for on-line faculty training, particularly for college kids of Courses 10 and 12 from needy households. “Extra money is required for creating infrastructure to assist on-line training,” he added.
NEED TO SCALE UP TESTING
Although Punjab is conducting 23,000 exams per million for Covid (larger than the nationwide common), and deliberate to extend RT-PCR exams from 12,000 to 20,000 within the subsequent 15 days, it must scale up the testing capability additional, the chief minister mentioned.
He requested the Prime Minister to direct the central authorities establishments in Chandigarh and Punjab to extend testing capability.
Expressing concern over the state’s mortality price of two.4%, Captain Amarinder Singh mentioned although it was decrease than the all-India deaths per million and 91% of the fatality circumstances have been with co-morbidity, it was nonetheless larger than neighbouring Haryana. Sufferers have been coming to hospitals late and 86% deaths have been occurring in tertiary hospitals.
BOOSTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE
The chief minister thanked the Centre for accepting Punjab’s proposal to arrange a Nationwide Institute of Virology for the north zone and mentioned the state authorities will quickly give 25 acres for the institute to the ICMR for the aim.
He requested quick operationalisation of Covid testing and therapy at AIIMS, Bathinda, the place OPDs are practical, and mentioned this can be helpful for the individuals of southern Punjab.
Noting that PGI, Chandigarh, is a premier tertiary care facility for Punjab, he additionally sought enhance within the mattress capability on the hospital and strengthening of the present PGI satellite tv for pc centre at Sangrur, particularly for Covid therapy. He urged the Centre to start out work on the newly sanctioned PGI satellite tv for pc centre in Ferozepur.
Whereas of the three sanctioned medical schools, the one at Mohali will begin lessons this 12 months however extra such establishments are wanted, Capt Amarinder Singh mentioned, requesting for brand spanking new schools within the aspirational districts of Gurdaspur, Sangrur and Moga.
LUDHIANA, JALANDHAR AND PATIALA HAVE MOST CASES
On the Covid scenario within the state, he mentioned it had seen circumstances go up from 500 to 1,000 in two weeks, with the positivity price of the final 5 days at 8.73%.
The vast majority of circumstances have been coming from Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala, although circumstances have been rising in all districts. The variety of micro-containment zones are being elevated within the three high-incidence districts.
To enhance its battle in opposition to Covid, the state has opened plasma banks in Patiala and Amritsar, with one other set to open quickly in Faridkot.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh and well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan additionally participated within the assembly.