Haryana Government has issued directions and has fixed the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in COVID dead body management

Chandigarh, April 8 – With fear raging that COVID-19 could spread and infect those handling the COVID affected bodies, Haryana Government has issued directions and has fixed the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in COVID dead body management so as to follow standard infection prevention control practices while handling dead bodies of COVID patients.

Sharing more details about this sensitive issue, a spokesman of the Urban Local Bodies Department said that keeping in view the imperative need to adopt strict measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, which is playing havoc in many countries across the world, the State Government has authorized all Commissioners of Municipal Corporations, Executive Officers of Municipal Councils and Secretaries of Municipal Committees to dispose of dead bodies of COVID strictly as per the guidelines/protocol on dead body management issued by Directorate General of Health Services (EMR Division) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The Spokesman informed that as per the guidelines, the standard infection prevention control practices shall be followed which includes hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (e.g., water-resistant apron, gloves, masks, eyewear), safe handling of sharp objects, disinfect the bag housing dead body; instruments and devices used on the patient and disinfect linen, cleaning and sanitizing environmental surfaces. Apart from this, all staff identified to handle dead bodies in the isolation area, mortuary, ambulance and those workers in the crematorium/burial ground should be trained in the infection prevention control practices.

Any person, institution, and organization found violating any provision of orders in this regard shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

Meanwhile, it has also been directed that Municipal Commissioner will designate a senior officer of the level of Joint Commissioner or Superintending Engineer or Executive Engineer as a Nodal Officer for this work, whereas Executive Officer and Secretary will be the Nodal Officer in their respective area in this regard. The officer should ensure that large gathering at cremation grounds should be avoided as a social distancing measure as it is possible that close family contacts may be symptomatic and/or shedding the virus.

The families should be advised that children below the age group of 10 years and the elderly above 60 years and Immuno-suppressed persons should not directly interact with the body and they should also be prohibited to attend the funeral.

Viewing of the dead body by unzipping the face end of the body bag (by the staff using standard precautions) may be allowed for the relatives to see the body for one last time.

Religious rituals such as reading from religious scripts, sprinkling holy water and any other last rites that do not require touching of the dead body can be allowed.

The bereaved family should perform hand hygiene after cremation. The ash does not pose any risk and can be collected to perform the last rites, the relevant provisions of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Haryana Municipal Act, 1973 shall also be followed by the Municipalities.

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All political parties of Haryana appreciated the extensive efforts being made by the State Government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

Chandigarh, April 8: All political parties of Haryana appreciated the extensive efforts being made by the State Government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the efforts being made for the procurement of crops despite the financial crisis, during a meeting presided over by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal through video conferencing today. All the parties unanimously decided to fight COVID-19 and to fulfill the basic needs of every individual in the State at all costs during this time. All the party leaders assured their unstinted support in every decision and effort made by the State Government.

During the meeting, all the parties also agreed that all the MLAs would make a contribution of at least 30 percent of their monthly salary for one year, political parties and former MLAs will contribute according to their capacity, to the Haryana Corona Relief Fund, the Government will take a loan if required and tehsils will start registration work, keeping in mind social distancing.

The hard work being done by the state's health workers, police personnel, district administration, and social institutions as well as contribution by the employees of the State Government to the tune of over Rs 70 crore in the Haryana Corona Relief Fund was appreciated by one and all.

It was also generally agreed in the meeting that in future, the State Government should form a consensus after consulting the employees' unions about the salary and contribution of the employees. State Presidents of all political parties said that they are with the State Government in this hour of crisis.

The Chief Minister appealed to the leaders of all the political parties that in order to deal with this pandemic in this hour of crisis, activists of all parties should rise above political differences and work in solidarity by encouraging social harmony at booth level and ensure that not a single person in the State goes to sleep hungry.

The Presidents of all political parties, leader of opposition and other politicians discussed various steps taken by the State Government so far to fight the COVID-19 and welcomed the decisions wholeheartedly.

Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala, Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij, Power Minister, Mr. Ranjit Singh, Leader of Opposition, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, BJP State President, Mr. Subhash Barala, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President, Kumari Selja, Chairman Jananayak Janata Party, Mr. Nishan Singh, MLA Indian National Lok Dal, Mr. Abhay Singh Chautala, MLA Haryana Lok Hit Party, Mr. Gopal Kanda also expressed their views and assured their support to the government at every step of the way in this hour of national crisis.

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Haryana Education Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the new academic session generally starts from April 1 every year, but the same could not be done this year due to the nationwide lockdown.

Chandigarh, April 8: To prevent the academic loss of students due to lockdown implemented in Haryana due to COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided by the Haryana Government to teach the students of Class I to Class XII studying in Government schools across the State through various e-Learning platforms until the situation gets normal. Until schools re-open, students will have to adopt e-learning at home with the help of their parents and teachers through phone and WhatsApp.

Giving this information, Haryana Education Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the new academic session generally starts from April 1 every year, but the same could not be done this year due to the nationwide lockdown. He said that all the schools had already been informed about the decision taken. He added that the department had also created a website http://www.haryanaedusat.com to help the students in e-learning.

He informed that audio/video material telecast on Haryana EDUSAT Network has also been made available on this portal. He also informed that a general time table/schedule of studies have been prepared which will be available on the said website. Apart from this, teachers would teach the students daily from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM via phone/WhatsApp and thus the students would be able to continue their studies by staying at home with the help of their parents/elders, he added.

He informed that the said website will also have links to various other initiatives of the Education Department like ‘DIKSHA’ and ‘ChalkLit’ links. He said that the testing platform (Objective Type Question Bank) is also being added on the said website which will enable students to keep track of their daily learning/progress.

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Chandigarh, April 8- Haryana Government has released the first installment of Rs 133 crore for the year 2020-21 under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA). This amount includes both wages and material components.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the amount of wages outstanding till date has been credited to the accounts of MGNREGA workers and the amount of material component would also be given soon.

He said it is pertinent to mention that under this scheme, more than Rs. 450 crore has been spent in the year 2019 as compared to previous years in Haryana and considering this, an estimated amount of about Rs. 550 crore has been approved for the year 2020-21 under this scheme.

Meanwhile, during the lockdown period, instead of community works, the focus of the scheme would be on the tasks to be carried out on private land so that the workers can avail the advantage of the MGNREGA scheme during this period, while complying with the norms of social distancing.