Public cooperating in lockdown but strict action needed against loitering: CM
People of the state are now cooperating in observing the state-wide lockdown. In such a situation the administration must ensure that essential commodities and services are available conveniently to the public. At the same time, strict action should be taken against those found loitering outdoors without any valid reason. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state with senior officials on Saturday. Apart from this the CM also appealed the Bharatiya Janata Party workers to remain alert and exercise patience in view of the situation caused by the spread of novel coronavirus.
It is pertinent to mention here that Rawat has been monitoring the situation, arrangements and updates with senior officials of the state administration. On Saturday, while reviewing the situation, the CM said that those coming from outside the state should be monitored constantly. Officials should also ensure that those ordered to remain in home quarantine should not step outdoors at all. Social distancing must be observed strictly during the purchase of essential commodities. Though Uttarakhand is currently in the first stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to observe utmost alertness and precautions to prevent the situation from worsening. The whole system involved in tackling the novel coronavirus situation must remain in the alert mode constantly, said the chief minister. The chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, director general of police Anil Kumar Raturi, principal secretary Manisha Panwar, secretaries Amit Negi, Dilip Jawalkar, Nitesh Jha and other officials were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the CM also asked the party workers to remain alert and patient in these challenging times. He reiterated that any person suffering from cough, cold and fever should contact a doctor. Rawat said, “The nation is currently going through the COVID-19 epidemic. Prime minister Narendra Modi himself has addressed the nation twice in one week. The whole world is currently afflicted by this pandemic. This problem has just started in India but in a nation like ours one can imagine how serious the situation can become considering the situation which nations like USA and Italy are in despite their various types of health facilities. Social distancing is the only way to prevent the situation from worsening. We have prohibited community prayers in mosques, temples, Gurudwaras and churches to ensure social distancing. Only the priests can conduct worship in such shrines for now. We should maintain social distancing and make others aware about the same.”
Addressing the party office bearers he said that there are more than 11,000 booths. The booth level office bearers and party workers should check in the localities to ascertain that no poor or needy person sleeps on an empty stomach. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad has a very big structure. All such social organizations should help the administration in ensuring that the needy and poor are taken care of, stressed the CM.
Sunday, 29 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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