Countering the Covid19
The government of Jammu and Kashmir said 62% of people aged 45 had been vaccinated, compared to a national average of 32%. For this age group, four districts have so far achieved 90 percent coverage. The government has stated that it is further expected that the remaining population in the 45 and over age category will be covered in a few days. Based on the likely flow of vaccines in the coming months, the government announced that the vaccination program for the 18-45 age group with an estimated population of 60 lakh would be systematically and gradually stepped up to give priority is given to covering high-risk people. and vulnerable groups.
In the 18-45 age group, the most at risk and vulnerable groups have already been identified and are being inoculated gradually.
The rescue package
Last week, the government of Jammu and Kashmir said aid had been extended to around 40 lakh beneficiaries under various social assistance schemes. As part of the interest subsidy, about 3.50 lakh borrowers received payments of 5% interest subsidy worth Rs 200 crore. Regarding the benefits given to construction workers, the government has stated that the first installment of over Rs 34.50 crore had been paid to 3,49,303 active construction workers at the rate of Rs 1,000 per beneficiary. In addition, Rs 5.6 crore was provided for around 28,000 Shikarawalas / Ponywalas / Dandiwalas / Palkiwalas /Tour guides at Rs 1000 per month per beneficiary for two months of relief – 14,627 from Kashmir and 13,153 from Jammu Division.
As part of the Covid19 mitigation measures, Rs 55 crore has been provided to all District Development Commissioners at the rate of Rs 2.25 crore each and Rs 5 crore to each Divisional Commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir. The government also said that Rs 2000 were each paid to 9.5 lakh farmers under PM-KISAN Yojna involving a total amount of Rs 190 crore. The rural development department provided employment to 26,673 households covering 35,484 people, involving Rs 8.21 crore under MGNREGA in April and May 2021. About 7.10 lakh retirees received their pension amounting to Rs 71 crore in title of the ISSS pension for the month of April. Under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, the amount amounts to Rs. 25.68 crore for the months of March and April were paid in favor of retirees of 1.28 lakh (via DBT).
The Indian government has sanctioned the establishment of three joint incubation facility centers worth Rs 7.81 crore in Anantnag, Baramulla and Jammu. The first incubation facility center will be established in Anantnag with an estimated cost of Rs 2.70 crore, which will focus on processing fish and fishery products. The Center will aim for a multiple increase in fish production, processing, packaging and export to different regions of the country as well as abroad.
The second center will be established in Narwal, Jammu, with an estimated cost of Rs 2.68 crore for processing dairy products. The government is paying special attention to increasing milk production and Jammu and Kashmir is likely to turn into surplus milk territory.
The third facility will be established in Baramulla for the processing of apples and other fruits and vegetables. This will give a new dimension to the processing and packaging of fruits and vegetables at international level and consequently better marketing and income for producers. The horticulture department is already implementing an ambitious program of high density planting and the establishment of large-scale CA stores. Another proposal to establish an incubation center in Ramban is expected to be considered soon by the government of the center. This proposed center will focus on olive, lavender and other important products like beans from the ancient Doda region.
The Kashmir Mechanical Engineering Department has increased oxygen demand by adding 21,000 liters per minute (LPM) of oxygen in addition to increasing the capacity of SKIMS Soura and JVC Hospital by 3,250 LPM during the current wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. At present, the oxygen production capacity stands at 36,000 LPM, which means that the department has tripled the oxygen supply compared to the production of the first phase. In addition, the Industries department has relaunched another filling plant to its line which now has five plants and now supplies nearly 3,000 oxygen cylinders in the last few days.
Regarding the preparation for containment of the prophesied third wave of the covid virus, the government said that in the coming days more oxygen plants will be set up in different hospitals to increase the oxygen production capacity to 45,000 LPM. The total potential of oxygen plants installed at Government Medical College and its associated hospitals was 6000 LPM earlier, which is now about over 18,000 LPM in addition to 1000 to 2000 LPM oxygen plants have been installed in district hospitals so that covid patients suffer from lack of oxygen and reduce the movement of patients to hospitals in Srinagar. In addition, oxygen plants with a capacity of 1000 LPM each were installed at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar last week. The overall oxygen capacity built by the Mechanical Engineering Department of the SMHS Hospital has been increased to 5600 LPM. At Chest Disease Hospital, a 1,500 LPM plant has been installed over the past two days in addition to the 1,000 LPM oxygen plant at JLNM Hospital.