Covid-19: Bihar government seeks extension of blockade until end of May

PATNA: He called on the Center to extend the country across the country until the end of this month, in addition to maintaining rail and air traffic, other than the Shramik Specials and general passenger flights, suspended during the period, sources here said. on Friday.

The suggestions were made in response to comments from states inviting states to frame the guidelines for the fourth phase of the blockade that will take effect on May 18, they said.

In his speech to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted that the blockade that will end on May 17 will be extended, but with revised guidelines to allow the resumption of economic activities for which his government has announced a stimulus to Rs 20 lakh crore package.

The communication of the state governments is in general lines with the opinions expressed by the Prime Minister Nitish Kumar at the video conference meeting with the Prime Minister the day before the national speech, a source said.

They said the state government has sought the extension of the blockade and suspension of the movement of trains other than the Shramik Specials and general passenger flights in light of the situation that arose after Bihar's return from across the country on a large scale.

The state government said it has scrupulously adhered to the blocking guidelines and will continue to do so, as indicated by the chief minister. However, the aforementioned restrictions should remain in place until the end of this month, when the dust is expected to settle in the (migrant) influx, a source said.

Bihar is making efforts to ensure that the process of return of migrants is over within a week and chief minister Nitish Kumar has requested the Center to run additional train rakes to Bihar for the purpose, besides directing officials to coordinate with other states to make arrangements for those who wish to come back by road.

Nitish Kumar has also sought more testing kits from the Center so that the number of samples tested per day on an average could be significantly increased from 1,800 to 10,000.

There has been an outbreak in Covid-19 cases in Bihar since earlier this month, when the return of the migrants gained momentum with the driving of the Shramik special trains.

About 2.5 lakh people have returned by train since May 4 and the number of migrants who have tested positive since then is 358, the state health department said.

Bihar has reported 1,012 cases so far, of which seven have died.