The Congress-ruled states have supported the demand of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for uniform standard operating procedures (SOPs) for control of COVID-19 in India. The Congress-ruled states have also welcomed the suggestion made by the Chief Minister for introducing vaccination for all the people above the age of 18 years.
It is learnt that the chief minister after receiving the support from the Congress-ruled states on the issue sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urging him to go for a uniform SOP so that there is no lack of coordination among states regarding different strategies of COVID control.
Gehlot has urged that there should be a standard procedure for travel, mandatory COVID tests, lockdowns, night curfews, and the operation of educational institutions. The letter to the prime minister said that in the absence of a unified system there is a lot of confusion. He said unless there is a holistic and integrated effort the war over coronavirus would be difficult to win.
Influx of labourers from Gujarat, Maharashtra
The Rajasthan government expecting the second influx of migrant labourers from Gujarat and Maharashtra has decided to set up checkpoints in Banswara and Dungarpur to keep an eye on the labourers returning from these states. Over two lakh workers, mostly tribal Bhils from both Dungarpur and Banswara are working in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The state government has issued strict instructions to the districts to check all vehicles entering the state from the two states and nobody should be allowed to enter without RT-PCR test reports. The district administration of both Banswara and Dungarpur has deployed extra police forces to check the migrant labourers.
According to Kishanpal Singh Chauhan, additional district magistrate of Dungarpur, a large number of migrant labourers have started returning from various districts of Maharashtra and they are arriving via Gujarat fearing a second lockdown again. In Banswara, the district administration has asked the education department’s employees to report all such cases where a migrant has entered the villages after coming from Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Active COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur has reported the highest number of active cases till April 6 and the number has risen to 3088, followed by Udaipur 1490, Kota 1334, Jodhpur 2264, Rajsamand 743, Bhilwara 693, Dungarpur 812, Ajmer 682 and Sirohi 708.
Dungarpur has shown a manifold increase in the new COVID-19 cases.
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