Himachal suffers 450 crore revenue loss due to lockdown

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh’s CM Jairam Thakur has said that his government’s monthly revenue has fallen by 90% in wake of the economic crisis brought on by coronavirus. The total government revenue, tax plus non-tax, for the first 20 days of this month was expected to be 400 to 450 crore but only turned out to be only 40 to 50 crore. While addressing the mediapersons at a government-run hotel here, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur apprised the people of the unfolding situation and said that economic losses due to the lockdown were tremendous. “So far, the state has suffered a loss to the tune of 450 crore,” he said. While speaking about Himachal residents stranded outside the state Thakur said, “I have been receiving over 70 calls a day for evacuation and I tell these people to act with restraints. The government is constantly in touch with the authorities of other states and making all arrangements for their stay. Those still trying to enter the state will be kept in quarantine for 14 days.” Defending Mandi MP Ramswaroop Sharma who travelled from Delhi to Mandi in the lockdown period, Thakur said, “He was permitted to enter the state. He self quarantined himself after reaching Mandi.”