Himachal suffered total of 30,000 crore loss so far due to Covid 19: Jai Ram Thakur

Says so far around 2.50 lack Himachalis are brought back by state government from other states of country

Himachal suffered total of 30,000 crore loss so far due to Covid 19: Jai Ram Thakur

Dharamshala: CM Jai Ram Thakur agreed that there is a noticeable increase in covid 19  cases in the state due the  return home  of those Himachalis who were stranded in other places of the country, especially in those areas where the Corona is in full swing. He said that though after unlock 3 the public movement is now almost free in the country, Himachal is the only state in the north India which still is registering the people entering the state, so that a track of their contacts could be monitored. Thakur said that to bring back stranded people was the duty of the state government, and so far around 2.50 lack Himachalis were brought back by the state government from other states of the country. He said that many skilled talents have also returned to the state during this period, the government has made provision to register them online and link them to the industrial sector for reemployment.

Addressing a press conference in Dharamshala on Saturday, The CM said, that none of the previous governments had an experience to tackle a situation like Covid 19, even then we are handling it. “During this Pandemic, the entire world, including India, is facing the  economic crises. Himachal too suffered an economic loss of around 1300 crore in the 1 st quarters of 2020-21 financial year. Our financial liabilities have increased by Rs 737 crore  due to some budget announcements.” Thakur said that even then we are regularly releasing salaries, wages and pensions of our employees, thanks to the Central Government led by Modi ji, which have not reduced our financial help.

He added that our private sectors like tourism, transport and other businesses have faced its worst crises and the loss is estimated to be around 30,000 crore. Now slowly these sectors are coming back on track. He said, “Though some people criticised our guidelines for the tourists but due to it none of the tourists have been  reported positive for Corona so far. After unlock-1 we opened the public transport, initially its occupancy was just 10% but now it is picking up slowly and has reached up to 40%.”

He said that the government is now emphasizing on the pace of development works so that the economy could be geared up. CM said “We came to know that around rs 12000 crore are lying unspent in various departments. So we have instructed to take up these works on priority.”