Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday said the state needed a mass awareness campaign on the lines of the Quit India Movement to help the state and country beat COVID-19.
Speaking at the Independence Day function at Swarnim Park in Gandhinagar, Rupani said the pandemic has impacted the pace of development in the state but Gujarat was committed to going forward.
“To achieve independence and drive out the British, the entire country took part in the Quit India Movement. As a result, the British had to leave and we got freedom,” said Vijay Rupani.
He said such a mass campaign was also needed to battle COVID-19.
Listing the efforts of his government, Rupani said the state has managed to bring down the COVID-19 death rate to 2.1%. He said the recovery rate in the state was 78%.
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It should be noted that Gujarat faced a lot of flak for its high death rate and continues to have one of the highest death rates for COVID-19 in the country.
He said the state government’s efforts in dealing with the pandemic has received positive feedback from the Supreme Court, World Health Organisation and Niti Aayog.
Economic package offered by Vijay Rupani government
He also listed the efforts of the government in boosting the economy. “We have announced a Rs 14,000 crore Atmanirbhar package for small businesses, farmers, fishermen and others,” said Rupani.
We have also offered a Rs1,370 crore assistance package to MSMEs affected by the pandemic, he said.
The Independence Day celebration in Gandhinagar saw a thin attendance due to the restrictions in place for COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Minister’s wife Anjali Rupani and senior bureaucrats were, however, present for the function.
This was the first time that the Independence Day official function was held in Gandhinagar instead of one of the districts of Gujarat.