Lockdown orders should be implemented strictly: Rajasthan CM

Presiding over the 21st meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that in order to control the infectious situation of the coronavirus in the state, the government has efficiently managed the initial stages and issued appropriate orders and guidelines. Now, at the time of crisis, the bigger challenge is to get these orders strictly implemented at the ground level During the meeting, the Chief Minister said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is crucial in the state as well as in the entire world and lockdown is the bitter but appropriate treatment. Maintaining social distancing is a very important measure to prevent large number of people from getting infected. He said that if the situation of lockdown persists for long, there could be an increase in unemployment and food-water crisis, along with the challenges of law and order, which we have to deal with sensitivity and foresightedness. The state government has decided to extend the retirement of all doctors, health officers and para-medical staff, retiring before August 31, 2020 to September 30 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision taken in the context of disaster management and relief was also approved during the meeting.