STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor (LG), Baseer Ahmad Khan and overall in-charge of Coronavirus Control Efforts (CCE) in Kashmir Division, on Wednesday directed all the Deputy Commissioners to work religiously for the safety of people so that coronavirus pandemic is stopped. He further directed them to adopt coordinated and collective approach to address all issues in mission mode so that the chain of COVID-19 pandemic infection is broken. The Advisor issued these directions while reviewing the preparedness and arrangements made by district administrations across Kashmir Valley. He sought detailed feed-back from district administrations regarding number of suspected persons in isolation, Administrative & Home Quarantine with facilities in district hospitals, screening counters on Highways, distribution of essential commodities, functioning of 24×7 control rooms, involvement of PRIs, lock down measures, deployments and other arrangements. Advisor Baseer Khan directed to ensure complete lock down for 21 days strictly and asked for imposing strict restrictions for general public except essential services. He also directed to enforce strict screening of travelers including outside laborers in their respective districts and issue certificates with stamps for negative persons. Reminding the precautions to be followed, Advisor Baseer Khan said front line employees should wear masks, gloves and maintain one-meter social distance while performing their essential services duty on ground. For distribution of ration, LPG and other essential commodities, he directed the DCs to conceptualize a mechanism that should regulate in such a manner that long queues will be eliminated and social distancing is strictly maintained. The Advisor asked for disseminating the contact numbers to the consumers for home delivery system of groceries and other essential commodities. He asked the DCs to hold meetings with Beopar Mandal Committees and provide transport to them. Advisor Khan directed the concerned to make contingency plan for areas of operation and earmark senior officers for essential services in their respective offices. He asked them to compile feedback on daily basis and send report to him for further course of action. The Advisor emphasized that Control rooms should be made vibrant and distress calls should be promptly responded. He also directed the PDD to ensure round the clock electricity to essential service offices with back-up facilities of Generators. Proper sanitation and fumigation should be done twice a day on roads, buildings and other places, he further directed. Khan stressed the DCs to maintain high level of vigil and follow the directions religiously so that the chain of Coronavirus infection is broken at all levels in Kashmir Division. Senior officers of various Departments were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
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