Though Adityanath feels the 21-day lockdown may not be enough to contain the spread of COVID-19, he is also conscious of the economic impact of a nationwide lockdown.
Get well soon: CM Adityanath talks to arriving labourers at Avadh Hospitals, Lucknow
On the evening of March 27, when news of thousands of migrants congregating at the borders in Noida and Ghaziabad started pouring in, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had just finished a review meeting. Soon, though, he was huddled again with top state officials till late in the night. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) managing director Raj Shekhar was instructed to mobilise 800 buses to ferry stranded migrant workers to their native places. Three days later, the state transferred Rs 611 crore to the bank accounts of 2.7 million workers as part of a MNREGA scheme programme.
Though Adityanath feels the 21-day lockdown may not be enough to contain the spread of COVID-19, he is also conscious of the economic impact of a nationwide lockdown. The chief minister has asked his top officials to identify industries where there is no possibility of the spread of the virus, units where workers can be insulated within the grounds. He cited the example of a brick kiln where there was low community interaction with the workers. He has asked officials to speak to the owners of such industries and advise them not to shut down.
The chief minister doesn’t keep a mobile phone but now ZOOM software has been installed in a PC at his residence so that he can video conference with officers and district magistrates.