Civil Secretariat reopens in Srinagar
STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: With the opening of the offices at Srinagar, the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu on Monday arrived at the Civil Secretariat where he was greeted by the Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam. On the occasion, Advisors to the Lieutenant Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Baseer Ahmad Khan, were also present. Among the senior officers Asgar Hassan Samoon Principal Secretary to the Government, School Education Department; Rohit Kansal Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring & Information Department; Dilbag Singh, Director General of Police, Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Sarmad Hafeez Secretary to Government, Youth Services & Sports Department; Zubair Ahmad, Secretary Tourism Department received the Lieutenant Governor. A large number of officers and employees of various departments were also present. Lieutenant Governor inspected the ceremonial Guard of Honour by a contingent of J&K Police. He also interacted with the officers and sought their suggestions for further improving the public delivery mechanism, besides advising them to continue working with dedication for welfare of the public. He reiterated the government’s resolve of working tirelessly towards ensuring responsive and accountable government and good governance at all levels. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, employees from Jammu region will be working from their homes, while only a limited number of employees will be attending office in Srinagar. Although the Union territory is under a lockdown since the third week of March, the local administration had spruced up the city to welcome the Lt Governor’s administration to Srinagar. The lane markers on the city roads were given a fresh coat of paint, while the dust and mud accumulated for the past several months had been removed. The Lieutenant Governor later chaired a high level meeting of officers to review flood preparation and response mechanism to COVID-19 in Kashmir division. He said the Government shall have to be fully prepared to deal with any eventuality that may arise due to a flood like situation. He called upon the Irrigation & Flood Control Department, Divisional Administration, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and SDRF to devise flood management and mitigation plans immediately. LG impressed on taking proactive measures to augment effective flood preparation and response. Stressing on foolproof flood preparedness, the LG directed concerned to take up all urgent works immediately to ensure that works are completed in time for prompt flood response. Instructions were also given on raising of embankments at all vulnerable spots, dredging of flood channels and stocking of sand bags and keep men and machinery in ready mode to deal with flood like situation emerging anywhere in the Valley. LG urged for strengthening of flood monitoring system with installation of solar operated CCTVs, advanced flood alertness, installation of automatic rain recording and flood gauges at identified locations. Directions were passed for strengthening of 24×7 flood control room with all arrangements for prompt relief and rescue operations. LG said that the capacity of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Hari Niwas should be augmented, made fully functional and it should be connected with other control rooms through hot line communication facility. LG emphasized on resumption of dredging work in all water bodies including flood spill channel, river and lakes and removal of encroachments on water channels. He directed on prioritizing dredging of Wular Lake and asked the concerned to ensure manual dredging under MGNREGA to generate mandays days for locals during Covid-19 lockdown. In view of social distancing protocol, presently in place, he directed concerned to increase capacity of evacuation centres used as rescue shelters for the affected people at the time of floods. He instructed for putting in place all the arrangements including masks, sanitizers and other supplies of personal hygiene. Special teams including that of doctors shall be designated for all vulnerable areas and rescue shelters in advance. SDRF was instructed to ensure training of personnel from Police and Home Guards for prompt response during floods. Murmu also convened a high level meeting to review COVID-19 preparedness in Kashmir division. The meeting was attended by Advisors R R Bhatnagar, Baseer A Khan, Chief Secretary B V R Subramanyam, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary Planning and Information Rohit Kansal, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir K B Pole, Director SKIMS G R Ahangar, Principal GMC Sgr, Dr Samia Rashid, Director Health Sameer Mattoo, OSD H&ME Owais Ahmad besides Deputy Commissioners and SPs of various districts. The meeting discussed various measures that are being taken to control the spread of COVID-19 across Kashmir division. In a power point presentation Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo informed that there are 108 ventilators, 18183 PPE kits, 81089 N-95 Masks, 706601 triple layer masks, 11456 VTM, 12923 sanitizers and 354 infra red thermometers available in Kashmir division. It was also informed that there are 11 dedicated hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients in Kashmir with a total strength of 8736 beds in Kashmir. The district wise details of red zones, buffer zones, isolation beds, COVID wellness centres was also given in the meeting.
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