Bring Covid19 Positivity Rate Below 2% By Late June, CS Mehta In His Maiden Meet

SRINAGAR: In his first meeting with the district administration, Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta emphasised that they must work towards bringing the positivity rate below 2% by the second half of the month, a.n official spokesman said

In the maiden meeting, Mehta took stock of progress achieved with regard to Covid19 mitigation, implementation of district development plans, completion of works identified under ‘Back to Village’ programme and redressal of public grievances.

Reviewing the progress achieved in containing the spread of Covid19 infections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Secretary asked the district administrations to remain focused on working towards bringing the positivity rate below 2% by the second half of the month. He laid emphasis on optimal utilization of Panchayat-level Covid19 care centres to provide timely medical care to patients in rural areas.

The Deputy Commissioners were asked to immediately submit the lists of beneficiaries to be given financial relief under the new scheme Saksham, which envisages extension of pension/scholarship benefits to the families that lost their breadwinners to Covid19.

Laying down the priorities of the Government, the Chief Secretary said that the outcome of various welfare measures, schemes and programmes must be a reflection of local needs and demands, adding that a robust monitoring mechanism will be followed to measure the progress.

Regarding district development plans, the districts were asked to submit the documents immediately so that approval is granted latest by 10th June for early implementation and completion of proposed works.

He further directed to expedite completion of works identified under ‘Back to Village’ programme, and asked the concerned to display village wise lists of newly created assets at prominent places for general awareness of the residents of the area with a view of promoting public ownership of the infrastructure.

The Chief Secretary said that the administration must remain sensitive to the issues of the general public and proactively engage with them at regular intervals.

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