Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 11
Amid a surge in Covid instances, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to evaluation the UGC resolution on necessary exams for exit courses to be held by September 30.
During a video-conference between the Prime Minister and different Chief Ministers, Amarinder mentioned, “Punjab may not be in a position to conduct exams in September as it may be facing its coronavirus peak at that time.”
Citing the state’s rising Covid instances, which have gone as much as 24,891 with 604 deaths, the CM urged selling the scholars on previous efficiency and inside evaluation, with the choice to take exams later for these wanting to enhance their efficiency.
Punjab additionally sought central authorities help for on-line faculty training, particularly for poor youngsters of Classes X and XII. More cash was wanted for creating the infrastructure required to help on-line training, he added.
With a 50% decline in income within the first fiscal quarter of Punjab, Amarinder additionally sought from the Prime Minister a liberal monetary bundle for states to fill the gathering hole brought on by the pandemic, and in addition flexibility on Covid-related phrases of expenditure within the SDRF.
Amarinder mentioned the present cap of 35% within the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for Covid-related expenditure, as per MHA tips, shouldn’t be enough to satisfy the present necessities.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan additionally participated within the assembly.
The Chief Minister thanked the Centre for accepting Punjab’s proposal to arrange a National Institute of Virology for the North Zone saying the state authorities would quickly give 25 acres of land for the institute.
Though Punjab is conducting 23,000 checks per million for Covid (increased than the nationwide common) and deliberate to extend RT-PCR checks from 12,000 to 20,000 within the subsequent 15 days, it wanted to scale up the testing capability additional, the Chief Minister pressured.
He requested the Prime Minister to direct the central establishments in Chandigarh and Punjab to extend testing capability.
Expressing concern over the state’s mortality charge of two.four per cent, Amarinder mentioned although it was decrease than the all-India deaths per million and 91 per cent of the fatality instances have been with co-morbidity, it was nonetheless increased than the neighbouring Haryana.
Patients have been coming to hospitals late and 86 per cent deaths have been occurring in tertiary hospitals, he added.
Amarinder requested fast operationalisation of Covid testing and therapy at AIIMS Bathinda, the place OPDs are already useful saying this might be helpful for the folks of southern Punjab. Noting that the PGI Chandigarh is a premier tertiary care facility for Punjab, he sought a rise within the mattress capability on the hospital and strengthening of the prevailing PGI Satellite Centre at Sangrur, particularly for Covid therapy.
The Chief Minister additional urged the Centre for fast graduation of labor on the newly sanctioned PGI Satellite Centre at Ferozepur.
While of the three already sanctioned medical faculties, Mohali Medical College will begin courses this 12 months, extra such establishments have been wanted, mentioned the Chief Minister, requesting for brand new faculties in districts of Gurdaspur, Sangrur and Moga.
Covid had proven that we would have liked to strengthen public amenities in well being, he added.
Giving an replace on the Covid scenario within the state, Amarinder mentioned it had seen instances go up from 500 to 1,000 in two weeks, with a positivity charge of the final 5 days at 8.73 per cent.
The majority of instances have been coming from Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala cities, although instances have been growing in all districts, he added. The variety of micro-containment zones was being elevated in high-incidence districts like Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar, he mentioned.
To increase its struggle in opposition to Covid, the state has opened two plasma banks (in Patiala and Amritsar), with one other set to open quickly at GMC Faridkot, the Chief Minister mentioned.