DECISION TO OPEN GYMS TO BE TAKEN AFTER MAY 3

Ludhiana, May 23: In today’s edition of his FaceBook Live programme `#AskCaptain’, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh while replying to a question of Rajeev Dhadli of Samrala, thanked labourers who had chosen to stay back and contribute to Punjab’s economic strength, adding that “this is your state and you are part of it.” It is vital for industry to function for ensuring livelihood, he said, urging all to keep following social distancing norms stringently at work places to beat the virus at every step. “Given the way we have controlled the situation, we will not need a strict lockdown again,” he said, in response to a question.

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Of those migrants who had applied for online registration, nearly half had willingly decided to stay back and had also started working in the industry, revealed the Chief Minister, adding that of the total 2.56 lakh industries in the state, 1.5 lakh have already resumed operations.

At the same time, the Punjab government is moving aggressively to reach out to embassies of various nations looking to shift their manufacturing/business out of China, said the Chief Minister, adding that the state is in talks with various embassies, and offering them all possible support, in terms of land, infrastructure and other facilities. With an eye on the post-Covid revival of the state’s economy, his government has written to embassies of various countries in this regard and is engaged in talks with Japan, Korean and Taiwanese embassies in India, said Captain Amarinder.

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On the issue of arrangements for transportation of migrants wanting to leave the state, he said his government had been facilitating the return of migrants through special trains, along with 607 buses sent to Bihar, Jharkhand, UP and Orissa. “Around 3.25 lakh of the 13 lakh migrants have returned so far through trains organised by us while another 17,000 have gone through buses,” he added.

While replying to another questions of Sham Sharma and Reet Gill of Ludhiana, the Chief Minister said that the decision on opening of gyms would be taken after May 31, in line with the Government of India’s guidelines.

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