1-MIN READ Oversees Returnees Will Have to bear the expeneses for Quarantine by Kerala CM
The number of Covid-19 cases in Kerala is witnessing an upswing with arrival of Keralites from abroad and other states and the state government has decided that all those who come from abroad will have to pay for the quarantine.
“The rates will be affordable to all,” said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, here on Tuesday.
We want to take special measures with regard to those coming from places where there are many cases. We have not turned away anybody. Our only request is that passengers coming in these trains register with the Kerala government portal and that the Railway share their details. This can be used to identify whether these passengers have enough facilities to home quarantine themselves or if the government should arrange for institutional quarantine facilities for them,” Pinarayi added.
Before Kerala could stabilise, the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020. It crippled the State’s tottering economy, upended life, hobbled manufacturing and retail trade and scorched conventional sources of revenue of the government. The pandemic triggered an influx of residents who had lost their jobs abroad.
The government stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people during the pandemic. It had nudged the State in the direction of a speedy recovery.
When the COVID-19 crisis ends, there would be new possibilities and opportunities. The government views this as a chance to attract new investments and ventures,” he said.
After the pandemic, he said, there will be a rethink among global businesses on the practice of concentrating in a few countries. Kerala has already started steps to explore the emerging scenario.
The state has sent letters to Indian missions abroad seeking their support to pool in investments. A committee will be formed with the chief secretary as its chairman to advise the government on investment and business matters. Besides government secretaries, it will have representation from trade associations working for cooperation between India and various foreign countries. It will have nominees from foreign companies having presence in the country.