Government offices in Gujarat to start from 20th April, 2020

COVID-19 treatment to be provided free of cost in designated private hospitals

Based on the guidelines issued by Government of India regarding re-starting government offices from 20th April, 2020, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to re-start government offices with limited staff and adequate safety measures.

Providing details about the decision of the CM, Secretary of the CM Mr. Ashwani Kumar said, “The government offices shall resume from 20th April, 2020 based on the guidelines issued by GOI. However, government offices that fall in containment zones and hotspot areas shall not be allowed to operate. Moreover, employees residing in such areas have been provided temporary relief from their duty. The remaining departments and offices shall resume keeping in mind social distancing norms.”

Offices under the Department of Forests shall resume in addition to zoos, nursery Wildlife activities.

Officers belonging to Class-1 and Class-2 have to be present as directed by the heads of their respective departments. However, only 33% employees belonging to Class-3 category and below that shall be present in the offices.

Government departments can seek help from local administration in sanitizing the offices. All government employees shall wear a mask and every department shall have sanitizers in addition to proper facilities for washing hands. The employees entering and exiting the offices will undergo thermal scanning. Visitors are strictly prohibited from 20th April, 2020 to 3rd May, 2020. Not more than 2-4 people will be allowed to use lifts at a given point of time. No more than 5 people shall be present at any given point of time for work in addition to ensuring a minimum distance of 6 feet between each other.

The Secretary further added, “The CM has also decided that the designated private hospitals shall provide free of cost COVID-19 treatment and related medicines. At present, there are 31 designated private hospitals.”

The state government has done a two month agreement. However, the time period may vary depending upon the requirement. District Collectors have been given the freedom to approve private COVID-19 designated hospitals in their respective areas which shall also provide free of cost treatment and related medicines.

All those patients who are discharged shall receive free of cost breakfast, meals and medicines for the next 5 days.

Blood samples of suspected COVID-19 cases shall be tested as per government protocol and the cost for the same shall be reimbursed by the government.

The state government shall provide PPE Kits, N-95 masks, triple layer masks and HCQ tablets for the designated private hospitals.

The CM has also stated that the government shall provide Rs.25 lakhs in case of demise on duty due to COVID-19 of doctors, health workers and related staff of these designated hospitals.

Providing details of essential items, the Secretary said, “46.58 lakh liters of milk has been distributed. 92,350 quintals of vegetables and 11,189 quintals of fruits are available.”