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There isn’t any group transmission in Gujarat: Vijay Rupani

Gujarat has seen a sudden improve in Covid-19 circumstances due to a few causes however there isn’t any group transmission, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tells ET in an interview carried out over phone and e-mail. Edited excerpts:

Gujarat now has the second highest variety of optimistic circumstances within the nation. How did this sudden improve come about?

We began monitoring potential circumstances from March 1 itself. We recognized 30,000 individuals with worldwide journey historical past and contacted their buddies and households. By the time we traced those that had entered Gujarat after attending the Tablighi Jamaat occasion in Delhi, that they had already are available contact with others. This led to a sudden spike within the numbers. Most of them got here to Ahmedabad. In truth, majority of the circumstances from Ahmedabad are from residential areas of the individuals who attended that occasion. Our testing capability has additionally been elevated manifold. Our well being staff are going door-to-door to check individuals within the hotspots. This additionally added to the rise in numbers.

Does the sharp rise point out group transmission?

There isn’t any group transmission in Gujarat. If individuals in Gujarat and throughout the nation proceed to observe lockdown guidelines, we’ll by no means attain that stage.

What will the federal government do to cease migrants from returning house? How will you win their confidence?

We have already resumed work at industries exterior the boundaries of municipalities and municipal firms. We have directed manufacturing unit homeowners to supply lodging to staff inside their items. Some 40,000 industrial items have restarted work within the state, using greater than 5 lakh labourers. Apart from offering important gadgets to staff and migrant labourers, I ensured that the employees weren’t fired and that they bought their wages. The state authorities will proceed to make sure the well-being of migrant staff until the disaster is eradicated from Gujarat. I’m assured that they are going to keep again and proceed to work right here, particularly because the circumstances lower.

What is the federal government doing for farmers who’re dealing with hardships?

Apart from reopening our agricultural produce market committee, we offered farmers an advance of Rs 2,000 beneath the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana — totaling about Rs 800 crore. We have given a two-month extension on their short-term loans and we’re bearing the curiosity throughout this prolonged interval. Farmers have been given particular permission to start out sowing and harvesting. We will begin the acquisition of rabi crops at minimal help worth from April 27. We have ensured coordination on the district degree in order that the farmers who transport supplies and harvest don’t face points with the police.

There are studies of segregation of Hindu and Muslim sufferers in Ahmedabad civil hospital. Is it true?

Gujarat authorities has been working tirelessly with the mantra of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas for the previous decade and a half. The pandemic doesn’t discriminate primarily based on faith or caste. The medical wards are specified on the premise of age, gender, medical historical past and severity of Covid-19 an infection. Such allegations of discrimination are utterly baseless.

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