Inter-state bus services by UPSRTC suspended across Lucknow & all other districts!

The intra-state facilities of UPSRTC shall remain functional with 50% capacity.

In a bid to prevent a further hike in COVID cases, the UP government announced its decision to suspend all inter-state bus services offered by Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation on Sunday. Announcing this order, the officials stated that the intervention will block the contamination from seeping into the rural areas of the state. While the inter-state services have been stopped, the intra-state facilities of UPSRTC shall remain functional with 50% capacity.

COVID help desks set up at railway stations and bus stops across the state

The Additional Chief Secretary Information, Navneet Sehgal was quoted saying, "The buses of Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation will no longer be sent to other states." Further, he mentioned that current guidelines for intra-state services will continue to be in place and all such facilities will operate with 50% occupancy. It is to be noted that the officer made no remarks about the entry of buses, arriving from different states in the country.

"We have set up COVID help desks at every bus stand and railway stations to check the health of the people coming from other states. If found sick, they are being given medicines and are being quarantined," the official stated. During the current uncertain circumstances, migrant workers are returning back from different states in the country. In view of this, the state government is working on multiple measures to prevent them from being agents of accelerated infection.

Widespread COVID testing programs in UP from May 4

Strengthening the battle against the pandemic, the UP government is going to implement extensive COVID testing drives in the state from May. Under this initiative, households across rural and urban areas shall witness rapid antigen diagnostic tests. Through this program, the state administration envisions a comprehensive execution of its formula of 'testing, tracking and tracing'.

'Breathe India' initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni racks up over 3 cr for tackling rife LMO crisis!

After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.

Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief

As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

Over 16K Health Department vacancies to be filled across Mumbai & other Maha districts

As per the official records, 12,000 of these posts lie in C and D categories, while the remaining are from the A and B groups.

Amid anticipation of the third COVID wave, the Maharashtra government announced on Friday, that around 16,000 vacant positions in the state's Health Department would be filled soon. After the CM approved the plan for new appointments, immediate interventions are being worked upon to ensure that the vacancies are filled as soon as possible. As per the official records, 12,000 of these posts lie in C and D categories while the remaining are from the A and B groups.

A move to enhance & strengthen the workforce of Health Department

Previously, the state administration had initiated a proposal to conduct recruitment for 50% of these vacant posts but it could not be materialised because of certain issues in the Supreme Court. After the matter got resolved, the Health Minister called for urgent appointments on all these vacant posts. If a third wave were to arrive, it has to be ensured that the state's medical infrastructure stands equipped with sufficient manpower.

Though the initial deliberations have been undertaken, the final process shall commence after a comprehensive go-ahead is attained by the CM and the Deputy CM. With the induction of the new professionals, the employee base of Maharashtra's Health Department shall be augmented and strengthened to suit the current demands.

Appointments awaited across 4 categories

While the selections for the posts of specialists in Group A are made through Maharashtra Public Service Commission, Group B officials are chosen by the Public Health Department Selection Board. Besides this, Group C and D of the employment categories comprise of lower-level and clerical staff.

MP launches free COVID treatment for the needy across Indore & all other districts!

'Chief Minister COVID Treatment Scheme' to extend free aid to the financially weak families in the state.

Madhya Pradesh has accepted to tackle the coronavirus challenge on behalf of its economically deprived people. As per reports, the state has launched the 'Chief Minister COVID Treatment Scheme' as financial aid, to provide free COVID treatment to the needy in Indore, Bhopal and all other districts. This campaign will further extend to include all people insured under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna.

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O2 concentrators can now be claimed for free by state officials in Lucknow & other UP districts

This economic respite will be soon authorised by an official circular, as per the directives of the Chief Minister.

In a high-level COVID-19 review meeting conducted on Friday, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet has permitted state government officers and employees to avail free oxygen concentrators with their medical reimbursement entitlement. It simply implies that the UP government will incur the cost of O2 concentrators for its employees. The economic respite will be soon authorised by an official circular, as per the directives of the Chief Minister.

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Goa Airport now all set to ensure smooth supply of medical essentials to the state!

The airport authorities will help tackle these unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID pandemic.

In the wake of the surging COVID cases during the second wave of the pandemic, the shortage of COVID essentials has been a major issue, along with timely deliveries. Given this scenario, the Goa International Airport and its frontline corona warriors are all geared up to ensure smooth delivery of medical essentials, as per a statement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday. Further, as per reports, the GOI had also handled three lots of COVID vaccine for Goa and one lot for Karnataka, back in January and February, this year.

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