August 1, 2020, 4:28 PM

Dr Nitin Raut (File photo/Nation Next)

Dr Nitin Raut (File photo/Nation Next)

Quashing rumours about lockdown in Nagpur District to contain the spread of COVID-19, Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut said on July 31 that there will be no lockdown in the district in the month of August.

As per reports, instead of lockdown, 4-T plan (tracing, tracking, testing and treating the patients) will be implemented to tackle COVID-19 crisis in the district.

In a meeting with Divisional commissioner Sanjeev Kumar, NMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, Nagpur Police Commissioner Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, District Collector Ravindra Thakare, Yogesh Khumbajkar (CEO, Zilla Parishad), officials of state’s health department and deans of two dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, held on July 31, the decision was taken by Dr Raut against the lockdown.

Important decisions taken during the meeting were:

  • No lockdown proposed in Nagpur district. As per Dr Raut, ‘Lockdown is not the solution.’
  • If lockdown is implemented, industrial associations will be consulted in advance
  • Dr Raut asserted that the government wants industries to run so that GDP is maintained and taxes are collected
  • Electricity duty has been reduced to ease the burden on industries
  • Electricity subsidy for the months of February and March shall be refunded to consumers as soon as budgetary provisions are met
Speaking about the lockdown, Dr Raut told TOI that everyone in the meeting agreed full lockdown with curfew will not work. He requested people not to believe in rumours. Dr Raut also said that patients reaching hospitals in a critical condition is a big problem.
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