We can’t be guided only by the response of other countries: Nitin Gadkari

Union minister for transport and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari, is shaping the authorities’s response to misery in the MSME sector as a consequence of the lockdown prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a Q&A with Prerna Katiyar over electronic mail, he responds to key issues of the sector. Edited excerpts:

Does the sharp rise point out group transmission in Gujarat?

There is not any group transmission in Gujarat. If individuals in Gujarat in addition to in the complete nation will proceed giving their help then we’ll by no means attain that stage. If individuals preserve following the lockdown guidelines and government-issued pointers with full devotion, the danger of group transmission in India will be negligible. I might say the identical for Gujarat.
What have been the causes for imposing curfew in Ahmedabad and Surat?

We determined to impose curfew in the walled metropolis of Ahmedabad as a result of there have been a excessive quantity of circumstances in the area, and we estimated extra circumstances to emerge from the area, particularly after the Tablighi Jamat incident in Delhi. Most of the circumstances in Ahmedabad are from the walled metropolis, particularly after the identification of those that attended the Jamat. Curfew was imposed in Surat to keep away from crowding in sure areas. After the protest by migrant staff, we discovered it crucial to make sure full restriction of motion to stop doable eruption of circumstances. While you time period Curfew for Ahmedabad and Surat, I name it ‘Care for You’.

What will the authorities do to cease migrants from returning residence?

We have already resumed the factories and industries exterior limits of municipalities and municipal companies enabling staff to renew work. At the identical time, we’ve directed the manufacturing unit homeowners to offer crucial lodging inside their models to limit motion. At current, round 40,000 industrial models have re-started in the state using greater than 5 lakh labourers.

Even throughout the lockdown, we had ensured provision of important gadgets to staff and migrant labourers. I ensured that the staff will not be fired from their jobs and that they’re supplied with remuneration amidst lockdown as nicely.

People might want to take further precautions for one more 2-Three months even after the lockdown. Considering this, I’m continuously in contact with well being consultants and senior officers so as to discover methods and devise methods so that individuals proceed to take care of social distancing, put on masks after the lockdown is lifted. The state authorities will proceed to make sure the well-being of migrant staff until the disaster is totally eradicated from Gujarat. I’m fairly assured that they may keep again and proceed to work particularly as soon as the the circumstances begin reducing.

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

Our farmers have certainly confronted difficulties amidst the lockdown. Apart from reopening our APMCs, we supplied farmers an advance of Rs 2,000 below Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana totalling Rs 800 crore. We have given a two-month extension on their short-term loans, the curiosity for the prolonged interval being borne by us. Farmers sowing and harvesting crops have been given particular permissions amidst lockdown. We have ensured coordination at the district degree in order that the farmers who transport supplies and harvest don’t face points with the police. We will begin the buy of Rabi crops at MSP from April 27, 2020.

There are stories 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 on somebody’s faith or caste. The segregation at hospitals is finished and wards are specified on the foundation of age, gender, medical historical past and severity of Covid-19 an infection. Such allegations of discrimination are utterly baseless.

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