These committees pertain to the segments of industry, construction, revenue, labour, education, agriculture, social welfare, rural development, urban affairs, water and handicapped welfare.
“Since the harvest of rabi crops has started, the state will ensure farmers dace no hurdles in selling their crops and getting the minimum support price (MSP),” Awasthi said. The government has allowed private agencies and farmers producers organisations (FPO) to procure wheat at the doorstep so that social distancing norms are followed and the farmers do not face difficulties.
So far, the state has facilitated the reopening of over 5,200 industrial units engaged in the manufacturing of medical/health care supplies and essential commodities by resolving their issues pertaining to labour, passes, transport etc.
Besides, the committee headed by the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner (IIDC) Alok Tandon has interacted with the management of 30,500 companies and facilitated the payment of wages and salaries totalling more than Rs 420 crore to their labourers for the month of March 2020.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus ‘hotspots’ sealed for complete lockdown has touched 146 across 15 districts viz. Agra, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Lucknow, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Kanpur, Basti, Ferozabad, Saharanpur, Maharajganj and Sitapur.
Of the total 550 coronavirus cases identified in UP so far, 401 cases pertain to these 146 hotspots alone.
At the same time, the respective district authorities have additionally sealed 62 hotspots at the local level across 25 districts. These hubs account for 80 coronavirus cases.
The UP Police have lodged 16,572 first information reports (FIR) and booked 52,534 persons under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for defying the lockdown norms pertaining to the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.