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Daily Wager in Hamirpur Attempts Suicide as Lockdown Takes Away Job

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Bilaspur-A complete lock down in the entire nation is the need of the time and it’s for the good of all. However, there is another problem that the government need to attend to immediately. Because if it is not done, then poor ones might survive COVID-19 but would definitely die of starvation.

Hardest hit due to lockdown are poor – people working in unorganized sector as laborers and daily wagers. Then there are migrant laborers, who had wandered to other states for survival. Factories or their employers have abandoned them due to lockdown.  They have no shelter and no ration. Due to lockdown, migrants workers are compelled to undertake journeys of hundreds of kilometers on foot.

It might not be the intention of the government amid this emergency, but it’s an ugly truth that they are left in lurch. The workers of unorganized sector in Himachal Pradesh too are hit by lockdown. 

Take a look at this video from Barotiwala in Paonta Sahib:

The rich and those who could afford have bought stocks of ration and essential for months, but the poor do not have this capacity. In case of major breakout, like it happened in China, Italy, USA, Spain, South Korea etc, not only the health system of India would crumble, but it would also lead to disruption in the chain of demand and supply. 

Consider the case of a daily wager who had migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district in search of livelihood. He ran out of money as he was living hand to mouth. He tried to hang himself as it becomes difficult to afford ration for his family that include a wife and a kid.

man attempts suicide due to job loss in lockdown

Fortunately, his wife saw him timely and cut down the rope with which he was trying to hang himself. The wife said he had asked his family back in UP for financial help but did not receive it. As there was no work, there was no money, thus, no food.

The local police gave an immediate assistance of one thousand rupee to the family. Then there is a case of a disabled man who walked about 200 kms from Shimla to Nahan. He was trying to reach his home. When inquired by police, he told them that he is going to his native village in Shillai. The local police extended help and arranged a vehicle for him and also gave him some fruits to eat. 

There are lakhs such migrant laborers who are currently stuck in different parts of the country, especially cities. They were earning and feeding their families on daily-basis. Due to the lock-down, they don’t have work and aren’t able to go to their native states. They are wandering at railway stations and bus stations with their families that include elderly and kids of all age.

The State Governments have not issued any clear guidelines regarding the issue of saving these poor from starving to death. In case, the government issues some relief then it would be based on the registration of individuals with state government. In unorganized sector, there is a huge chunk of workers who are not registered. They would not receive this assistance from the government. 

The government and the people as volunteers need to chalk out plans to tackle this situation.

Himachal Watcher is trying to talk to volunteers, organizations and NGOs like Umang Foundation to make it possible to reach out to such people and ensure supply of ration to them.  

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Pics of This Policeman Are Making HP Police Deptt Proud, Melting Hearts

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Solan-Pictures of a policeman approaching an elderly woman and later carrying a heavy bundle of fodder for her are making Himachal Pradesh Police proud. This policeman is being applauded by not only the people but also by his department. 

The pictures are taken in Chail area of the district where an elderly lady was carrying fodder for livestock from jungle during the relaxation period in curfew.

Head Constable Jasvir Singh Chail Solan

On seeing the elderly lady struggling with a bundle of fodder (green tree-leaves), which appeared to be heavy for her, an on-duty policeman carried the bundle on his back for her.

HP Police Helping People During COVID-19 Curfew

A resident of Kunihar in Solan district posted these pictures on his social media handle. He recognized this policeman as Head-Constable Jasvir Singh, who was also his classmate 17 years ago.

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We don’t know about this policeman in his personal life, but a mention of this gesture is important if seen symbolically in context to the police-citizens relationship.

This compassionate gesture of a policeman, in a time when the police is enforcing curfew and mostly seen dealing strictly with people to make them comply with the law, is melting hearts.

Visuals of people either being beaten or punished physically for breaking curfew did attract criticism not only from the people but also from the DGP SR Mardi.

However, the same policemen are also going a step ahead to help people in various ways during the COVID-19 crisis. In various districts, there are instances where policemen are even spending from their own pockets to help the needy around them. Perhaps, pictures of all of them won’t appear on social media but good policemen are there helping people while discharging their duty. 

These pictures remind us that policemen aren’t devoid of emotion and compassion.  Therefore it becomes duty of every citizen to support the police and make its job of maintaining law and order easier.

 

..SABHI POLICE KI VERDI WALE BURE INSAN NAHI HOTEInka naam mr.jasvir singh hai.mere shehar.(KUNHAR) ke nazdeek…

Posted by Sunny Shandil on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

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PPE Kits Prepared by Himachal’s Self-Help Groups Cost Only Rs 700: Govt

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Shimla- As the World is struggling in its fight against COVID-19, availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for health professionals has also become a matter of prime concern. In this hour distress, Self Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh working under the Rural Livelihood Mission have geared up to meet the demand, the State Government Claimed today.  

Director of Rural Development and State Head Livelihood Mission Lalit Jain said that the Personal Protection Equipment kit prepared by SHGs would cost Rs. 700 and three SHGs have been trained so far with a capacity of 100 kits per day, he added. 

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that more than 50 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the State were preparing and producing about 15000 masks everyday to give a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. He said that 2000 women were involved in this task through various SHGs.

He said that about one lakh masks have been provided to various departments and organizations. The task of producing masks was being done on a war footing, he added.

He said that 3000 women farmers were being encouraged to develop kitchen gardens by utilizing minimum land so that fresh vegetables could be produced. He said that 11 young professionals have been given responsibility for guiding these women farmers and to ensure the marketing of their produce so that they could get a fair price. 

He claimed that an SHG in Sirmaur district has successfully prepared a sanitizer, which costs Rupees one hundred per 200 ml. He said that stress is being laid to train more SHGs to produce more masks.

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 COVID-19 Himahcal: Govt to Launch Extensive Campaign for Tablighi Jamaat Contact Mapping

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Shimla-For contact mapping of Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus infected persons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Government is launching an extensive campaign. The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that due to those who have symptoms of the infection and those having any connection with Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi besides their close contacts, figure of coronavirus is increasing day by day sharply in the country as well as in the State.

The Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State have already been directed to launch this campaign. Such persons, if found, would be kept in quarantine till they are not medically examined. 

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of coronavirus.  He said that the State Government would not hesitate in taking strict action against those who would conceal information about their travel history and those who give shelter to them. 

Other than that Hospital Katha in Baddi area of Solan district has been notified as Hospital for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients. Patients from Solan and Sirmaur districts would be treated in this hospital.

He also claimed said that the State Government had started tele-medicine consultancy facilities in Health and Wellness centres to facilitate the people in getting treatment advise from specialists.

Chief Minister said that no laxity should be permitted in curfew.  He said that vehicles must also be restricted besides ensuring that people do not step out un-necessarily during the relaxation of curfew.  

COVID-19 Himachal Update

As of now, the Department of Health and Family Welfare confirmed that as many as 4855 persons have been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State. Out of it, 2387 persons have completed a surveillance period of 28 days. Today, a total of 128 samples were tested, out of which 126 have tested negative. Report of the remaining two is awaited. 

So far, the Department confirmed, 662 persons have been tested in the State for coronavirus. Report of 27 has been confirmed as positive cases. The State has reported one death, migration of four patients, and recovery of two persons. With this, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Himachal is 20.

Four of the 27 cases have been reported from Chamba district, four from Kangra, seven from Solan, and 12 from Una district.

 

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