KATHMANDU, March 30: The government has made all possible efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent fears.
Minister for Finance Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, who is also the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, shared that the cabinet meeting held on Sunday has taken special decisions to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on working-class people and daily wage earners.
He reiterated that the government will spare no effort for its pragmatic implementation. In an interview with Rashtriya Samachar Samiti, the Finance Minister said since the daily wage earners are at the receiving end, the government will dole out after taking their details from the local governments.
“This will benefit that (daily wage earners) section,” he hoped.
Minister Dr. Khatiwada was of the statement that the relief materials will be provided from the local levels to the needy to meet their needs for the lockdown period and the state government will coordinate this task.
The employers should pay their employees in the formal sector, the Finance Minister said. The government will deposit a month’s contribution to the Social Security Fund on behalf of the workers and employers.
Against the backdrop of the insufficiency of cooking gas supplies, Minister Dr. Khatiwada asked the people to use an induction heater stove and added that the government has waived off its customs revenue.
“This will help increase domestic consumption of electricity and will also save the outflow of money,” he shared.
On a different note, the government spokesperson said that the hospitals should receive whoever visits the hospital for treatment and the health institutions must not refrain from this duty under any pretext.