Paying attention to the “extremely irresponsible” behaviour of some folks not following the COVID-19 guidelines, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday mentioned the state’s security is within the palms of its folks.
He warned of harmful penalties for the state, which has been witnessing a spike in COVID-19 instances over the previous few days, if folks didn’t comply with the security norms.
Declaring that 4,900 challans had been issued to folks for varied violations on Friday, Mr Singh requested why it’s so tough for folks to put on masks, wash palms or not spit on roads.
“Do not you take care of your fellow Punjabis?” he requested throughout his weekly Fb Reside “Ask Captain” interplay.
Citing the instance of Maharashtra and Delhi, which have excessive COVID-19 caseload, he mentioned the security of Punjab was within the palms of its folks.
In the course of the interplay, Mr Singh informed a youth that whereas his authorities had allowed gyms to reopen from August 5, in step with the Centre’s Unlock3 tips, folks would wish to strictly comply with all protocols and directives which will probably be issued by the well being division shortly.
Underlining the necessity to take precautions and early detection to save lots of lives, Mr Singh as soon as once more appealed to recovered COVID-19 sufferers to donate plasma.
Whereas one plasma financial institution is already operational and two extra will come up within the state.
“If I had been a recovered affected person, I’d have positively donated plasma,” the chief minister mentioned, including that he had already given orders that plasma be made obtainable freed from price throughout all authorities and personal hospitals.
To a query from a Shutrana resident on when COVID-19 will finish so that folks do not should put on masks always, Mr Singh mentioned he has the identical query and is fed up with the state of affairs.
However until this ends, there isn’t a possibility however to put on a masks, he mentioned. “We are going to get by way of this tough time collectively, we will win,” he added.
Punjab reported its sharpest single-day spike of 944 COVID-19 instances on Saturday, pushing its tally to 17,063. The contagious illness has claimed 405 lives within the state to this point, in response to official knowledge.
After a Rajpura resident expressed concern that some Punjabi singers are selling the gun tradition by way of their work, Singh appealed to all artistes to cease singing such songs and as an alternative promote Punjab’s tradition and beliefs.
Arresting these singers is just not actually an answer. These folks want to grasp the unfavorable influence of such songs on the youth, he mentioned.
Requested if Punjab would comply with Delhi’s transfer to cut back Worth Added Tax on diesel, Mr Singh mentioned the state’s VAT is already decrease than Delhi’s and it isn’t attainable to chop it down additional resulting from monetary constraints.
The state authorities wants to lift its income and discover methods to do it, however that doesn’t imply it can additional improve VAT, he mentioned.