Coronavirus Lucknow Update: UP Govt extends shutdown, offers relief fund, free treatment & more

Everything you need to know about the policies Uttar Pradesh Government has invoked to help combat Covid-19 in Lucknow & the state

Summary

  1. Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government extends shutdown to April 2. Educational Institutes, Cinema Halls, Multiplexes, Clubs, Discos, Swimming Pools and Tourist Spots have been closed off till further notice.
  2. Relief Fund for daily wage workers will be forwarded directly to their bank accounts through RTGS
  3. Patients suffering from Covid-19 will be treated free of cost.
  4. Salaries of working professionals will not be cut if they're suffering from Covid-19 and are unable to go to work.
  5. UP Government employees will work from home, if possible
  6. Coronavirus Helpline Desk at the State Headquarters 1800-180-5145 has been set-up and 112 is on high alert about the emergent situation.

The Coronavirus global pandemic has crippled people's hope, locked them inside homes and is provoking people to panic buy, shut themselves at home and be surrounded by fear. However, in these dark times the Uttar Pradesh government has announced several amazing projects and relief funds which decrease the panic and ensure that people have an easier time during the pandemic.

The measures taken to improve citizen response to the virus and decrease the panic that has gripped people, include an extended shutdown, a relief fund for the daily wage workers, a work from home for most government employees, free medical attention for all and several others. Read on to find out about the measures employed.


What are the measures?

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With an aim to ensure that the Covid-19 spread does not worsen to move from stage 2 to stage 3 in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to extend the shutdown to April 2. This includes the closing of schools, colleges and other kinds of educational institutes, swimming pools, clubs, discos, cinema halls and multiplexes.

This means that if the situation escalates, Uttar Pradesh and Lucknow along with it, will be pushed into a lockdown state. Which would translate into thousands of daily wage workers losing their jobs and the poor pushed to the brink with no means of survival or an access to medical help, which is often extremely expensive.

Hence, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced for a relief fund which will be allotted to the poor and the daily wage workers during the shutdown. The government will extend this relief fund through a direct RTGS to people's accounts to ensure that no family goes hungry or no losses of income are suffered during the difficult times.

Apart from this the government has also announced that free medical care will be provided to anyone who is suffering from the Covid-19.

Along with this, the government has also announced that any working professional (private or government) who is undergoing coronavirus treatment will be given a full salary, no matter the number of leaves they take. The government will also ensure that all employees of UP government can work from home if it is a possibility.

Knock Knock

Other than these measures, the government has also set up a Coronavirus Helpline Desk at the State Headquarters- 1800-180-5145 for emergency situations and the UP Police Emergency Number 112 is also fully active to deal with the complaints and the emergency situations.

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