In a recent report, the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad (IIM-A) praised the Gujarat government led by Vijay Rupani for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in the state and including the government’s administrative efficiency in addressing problems Migrants highlighted ‘return alongside the unimpeded provision of essentials during the closure.
A team of researchers led by investigator Ranjan Kumar Ghosh surveyed random samples of 2,387 respondents, including 1,265 citizens, 642 administrators, and 480 health workers from 16 districts of Gujarat.
The results of the online survey showed that over 80% of respondents expressed satisfaction with the leadership of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The report entitled Management of the Covid-19 pandemic in Gujarat – understanding governance initiatives, leadership processes and their impact “The aim is to provide an overview of the situation of Covid-19 in Gujarat and the dynamic, yet effective, strategies of the Gujarat government (GoG), with the restriction that the pandemic is far from over,” he said a message.
The report, which is divided into four sections, praises the government for its proactive, holistic approach that “has been instrumental in reducing the spread of infections”. These included measures such as Mobile Medical Vans (Dhanvantari Raths) that created facilities for Covid-19 beds within days of the outbreak.
Covid 19 cases in Gujarat
The state reported a total of 55,822 Covid-19 cases with 2,360 deaths and 40,365 recoveries by July 26, with one of the highest recovery rates being 72.3 percent. However, the test positivity rate remained higher in July at 9.4 percent on average.
The report also highlighted that awareness of hygiene and hygiene for oneself and the community is improving “due to the efforts of the state government.”
Regarding migrant workers, the report welcomes the government’s efforts to massively mobilize workers and workers through Shramik trains. “In May, Gujarat organized over 1,000 shramik trains for 14.8 lakh migrant workers over a 15-20 day period, which was made possible by the mobilization of an extensive network of local administrations, NGOs, police and social groups,” he added Management of the administration for the safe return of migrant workers to their home country is a case worth studying for public administration.
A plea for migrant workers
In May in particular, migrant workers working on a construction site within IIM-A had destroyed vehicles and other private property as they requested return to their homes in Jharkhand and West Bengal during the off-season, but were not included in the construction for the company Construction clamped.
The police had arrested around 300 workers for vandalism and riots. A legal notice was also sent to the IIM-A director for allegedly “violating” the human rights of migrant workers.
Academics have questioned the outcome and timing of the report, which gives Brownie points to governance just before the polls and eight local elections to be held later this year.