Shimla :Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the virtual rally of Palampur BJP Mandal from Shimla said that despite being a country with a population of 135 crore, India has reported about 8500 deaths due to COVID-19 as compared to over 4.30 lakh deaths reported in fifteen most developed countries of the world with a population of about 142 crore. He said that this was possible due to the farsighted and prompt decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to effectively tackle the situation.Jai Ram Thakur said that it was possible for all of us to interact with each other through technology and the credit of this also goes to the Digital India mission of the Prime Minister. He said that all the party functionaries should effectively use the social media to disseminate policies and programmes of the Centre and state government and they should use this media for countering the false propaganda of the Congress party. Chief Minister said that the state government brought back as many as 1.95 lakh people of the State stranded in different parts of the country and due to this the cases of Covid positive increased sharply, but still it was the duty of the government to bring these people back home. He said that the people of the State need not panic, as all the cases of Corona positive were either those who have come from other States or were their primary contacts. He said that all these people coming from other parts of the country have been kept in institutional or home quarantine and they were not allowed to mingle with general public,The Chief Minister said that the whole world has been adversely affected due to the Covid pandemic. He said that the Government was striving hard to come out of this crisis. Rs, 20 lakh crore package announced by the Central Government would go a long way in reviving the economy of the country as well as the State. He said that the economic package provide relief to almost each and every section of the society.Former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar also shared his views from Palampur on the occasion.District President ( sanghathan) PalampurHari Dutt Sharma presented vote of thanks.MP Indu Goswami, BJP State General Secretary Trilok Kapoor, former MLA Praveen Sharma also shared their views on the occasion.