No shortage of essential commodities in Meghalaya, says Deputy CM
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting, Tynsong said, “As far as the availability of essential commodities is concerned, I would like to inform all citizens of the state that there is enough stock of essential commodities.”
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday assured the citizens of the state there is no shortage of essential commodities and people should not panic.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting Tynsong said, “As far as the availability of essential commodities is concerned, I would like to inform all citizens of the state that there is enough stock of essential commodities.”
He also said that the government of India has sanctioned additional allotment of free rice under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for May and June, and lifting of rice from FCI godown has just started and, distribution for the same will begin this month.
He also said that for Ration cardholders falling under AAY and PHH category, 5 kg of free rice will be provided to each family member
Taking stock of the current COVID caseload in the state, he said that the total active cases in the state stand at 339 as of May 4, with 204 recoveries. The state has so far recorded 2,019 cumulative active cases.
As for vaccination, he informed, “The government has already paid the vaccination cost to the manufacturing company for 42,000 vaccine doses and it will reach the state within a few days from now," adding that vaccines will be provided free of cost at government hospitals but, the same is not the case at private hospitals.
The 42,000 vaccine doses that will be available shortly are being kept aside for 18-44 years old. Details will be worked out later, he informed.
The Minister further added that with the surge in COVID-19 cases, a review meeting will be held daily to assess the situation
“We request citizens of the state to respect the direction and notification of the government issued from time to time to arrest the spread of the virus,” he said.
When questioned about the availability of oxygen cylinders in the state, Tynsong said that there are sufficient stocks as of now.
"Availability of oxygen cylinders is still sufficient in the state. About 200 patients are hospitalised currently and, 180 of them require oxygen," he said.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)
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