The Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Wednesday convened a high-level meeting to review the preparedness and measures put in place in the wake of nationwide lockdown for containment of COVID-19 Epidemic as announced by the Prime Minister on March 24.
Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Director General of Police, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Principal Secretary, Information Department, Administrative Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Administrative Secretary, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Administrative Secretary, Power Development, Administrative Secretary, FCS&CA, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Administrative Secretary, General Administration Department, Mission Director, NHM, Director Information beside senior officers of RTC and concerned departments participated in the meeting.
Divisional Commissioners, Jammu & Kashmir, all Deputy Commissioners and District Police Heads attended the meeting through video conference.
During the meeting, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education gave a brief detail of measures already put in place by the health department for control, prevention and management of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir. It was informed that the two confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been now tested negative after following due protocol in Jammu. He also informed that keeping in view the rise in a number of confirmed cases in the country, various quarantine facilities have been established in the entire Union Territory of J&K.
After reviewing the preparedness of the health and other allied departments, it was decided that Panchayats, local bodies, Nambardars and chowkidars will be involved to trace/report the people having foreign travel history. The Chief Secretary directed for the immediate tracing of such persons and putting them in mandatory 14 days quarantine period to avoid community transmission.
In order to ensure smooth movement of trucks on National Highway carrying essential commodities, two checkpoints shall be established each in Jammu and Kashmir division. In Jammu Division, the checkpoints will be established at Lakhanpur and Jammu and in Kashmir Division at Qazigund and Srinagar. Passes shall be issued by the designated authority to these trucks at identified points. To restrict the unnecessary movement of people, the meeting also decided that all inter-district movement of people/vehicles will remain suspended during the period expect transportation for essential goods and RTC buses having valid passes issued by the authorities.
Further, it was decided all government offices, except District Administration, Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Electricity, Water, Sanitation, Treasury and other essential services, will remain closed till April 14. It was informed that Treasuries will remain functional to ensure a smooth closing of the financial year on March 31.
To avoid inconvenience to the public at large, the DCs were asked to encourage and facilitate home delivery of ration, groceries, fruit, vegetables, dairies and animal products to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.
During the meeting, the DGP also briefed about the preparations, measures being taken by various wings and units of police force with regard to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. He informed that in all District Police Lines, isolation facilities are being created besides suitable places have been identified for providing quarantine facilities to the police personnel. He apprised that adequate funds have been made available to all the units for making different purchases and more funds will be allocated for the purpose.
The Chief Secretary directed that all Police Stations, Offices, Barracks must be sanitized, and fumigated. He also said all the precautions must be taken and there should not be any loop holes or gaps left in our fight against this pandemic.
Highlighting the need for maintaining social distancing, the Chief Secretary also directed all HoDs to ensure attendance of only minimal staff to carry all important works assigned to them. To facilitate the movement of staff of essential services and to those having medical exigency, the Chief Secretary directed DCs to issue movement passes to such people only after proper verification.
The Deputy Commissioners were further directed to fully activate the control rooms established in their respective districts and publicize contact numbers so that people can reach with their queries to these centres. The Deputy Commissioners were directed to ensure strict implementation of lockdown orders on ground. The Divisional Commissioners were directed to closely monitor and supervise all efforts related to control of Coronavirus being undertaken by all DCs in their respective divisions.
Deputy Commissioners were directed to judiciously utilize funds provided to them under SDRF immediately.