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

Gujarat has seen a sudden enhance in Covid-19 instances due to a few causes however there is no such thing as a neighborhood 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 instances within the nation. How did this sudden enhance come about?

We began monitoring doable instances from March 1 itself. We recognized 30,000 folks 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 in contact with others. This led to a sudden spike within the numbers. Most of them got here to Ahmedabad. In truth, majority of the instances 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 folks within the hotspots. This additionally added to the rise in numbers.

Does the sharp rise point out neighborhood transmission?

There isn’t any neighborhood transmission in Gujarat. If folks in Gujarat and throughout the nation proceed to comply with lockdown guidelines, we are going to by no means attain that stage.

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

We have already resumed work at industries exterior the boundaries of municipalities and municipal companies. We have directed manufacturing unit house owners to offer lodging to staff inside their models. Some 40,000 industrial models 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 acquired 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 instances lower.

What is the federal government doing for farmers who’re going through hardships?

Apart from reopening our agricultural produce market committee, we offered farmers an advance of Rs 2,000 below 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 begin sowing and harvesting. We will begin the acquisition of rabi crops at minimal assist value from April 27. We have ensured coordination on the district stage in order that the farmers who transport supplies and harvest don’t face points with the police.

There are experiences 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 based mostly on faith or caste. The medical wards are specified on the idea of age, gender, medical historical past and severity of Covid-19 an infection. Such allegations of discrimination are utterly baseless.

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