Coronavirus:Lt Governor chairs high level meeting


Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today chaired a high-level meeting at Raj Bhavan to discuss the overall strategy and effective steps to be taken to ensure the revival of construction and other economic activities in the Union Territory, besides the regular assessment of efforts of the government for prevention, containment, and management of COVID-19.

Lt Governor chairing meeting

BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary;  A. K. Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance, Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Public Works (R&B), Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner/Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Ajeet Kumar Sahu; Commissioner Secretary, Jal Shakti Department;  Sheetal Nanda, Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, attended the meeting.

As part of the proactive approach, the Lt Governor directed officers to do an objective assessment of the situation and plan accordingly for ensuring the revival of economic activity. He emphasized on devising meticulous strategies after the initial assessment and called for intuitive, innovative, and workable strategies to ensure restoration of construction activities without the deficiency of men and material.

While taking stock of the current situation of local labourers being brought back to J&K, the Lt Governor called for providing all facilities to ensure their smooth transit to their respective areas. He further directed the officers to prepare a skill-set database of the incoming local labourers so that their re-employment avenues can be facilitated in the Union Territory only.

The Lt Governor directed the officers of Housing and Urban Development Department and Jal Shakti Department to work in tandem and ensure water supply remains continuous during the summer season and officials at the helm of affairs remain in reach and are responsive to the issues and demands of the general public. He further exhorted officers to work with renewed zeal to ensure minimum disruption in view of the extraordinary situation.

Deliberations were also held on various important issues including the availability & smooth transportation of essential commodities; ensuring 100% testing of all incoming J&K residents; disbursement of the relief package among beneficiaries; effective operationalization of help-lines; ensuring the hassle-free transition of stranded persons from Lakhanpur to respective districts.

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