Relaxation in lockdown is for the bottom of the pyramid, says Chief Minister Vijay Rupani .
Gandhinagar: Chairing his eighth cabinet meeting through video conference since the beginning of the lockdown, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said that the recent relaxations were given for the benefit of low-income groups and daily-wage earners.
Rupani also instructed the administrators of the various districts to see that the relaxation is used for the purpose it was granted and that there is no compromise in following the social distancing norms. People venturing out must wear masks, he added.
“If daily wagers start getting work, their personal finances and the state’s economy will be soon back on track. This relaxation will also provide a great relief to selfemployed persons such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel came down heavily on the Congress for targeting the indigenous ventilator developed by a Rajkot-based company, alleging that the Congress is defaming domestic companies to discourage them so that multinationals get more benefit.
Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Secretary and Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashwani Kumar said that forms for loans under the Atma Nirbhar Gujarat Relief package would be distributed from Thursday to small businesses to meet their working capital needs.
The state government has announced the package with an intention to provide financial help to small businessmen like barbers, dry-cleaners and vegetable vendors.
Under the package, the state will pay 6% annual interest on loans taken by small businesses from the cooperative banks, while the borrower will pay 2% annual interest. The loan is to be repaid in three years.
As of Tuesday night, 562 Shramik trains had left the state carrying 8.08 lakh migrant workers to their home states including UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and TN.
On Wednesday, 72 more trains left with 1.10 lakh workers. With this, a total of 9 lakh workers have left for their home states, Kumar said.