SRINAGAR: The second episode of ‘Awaam ki Awaaz’ radio programme was today aired on all local & primary channels of All India Radio (AIR) stations across J&K.
Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha dedicated the second run of the radio programme to Corona Warriors and expressed his gratitude towards them for putting their lives at risk for the service of the people.
“We are grateful to our Corona warriors in the fight against Covid-19. Union Territory of J&K is indebted to all the selfless Corona Warriors, Doctors, Paramedics, Ambulance drivers, frontline workers, and those involved in production and supply of essential items and services,” observed the Lt Governor.
Addressing the people of J&K, the Lt Governor shared the slew of measures recently announced by the UT Government to help those who unfortunately lost their loved ones to Covid-19.
“The administration is with them in this hour of grief, said the Lt Governor. I know no human life can be compensated for. But it is the responsibility of the government to take care of its people and to stand with them in these tough times”, added the Lt Governor.
We have taken many such decisions, as will provide relief to the families affected by this catastrophe. Senior citizens who have lost the only earning member of their family will be provided with special pension for life. Children, who have lost their parents to Covid-19 pandemic, will be provided with special scholarships. Every family who has lost their near and dear ones due to Covid-19, will be provided with financial assistance for self-employment through Jammu & Kashmir Bank, the Lt Governor maintained.
Covid-19 pandemic has affected the lives of some of the most vulnerable sections of society. J&K UT Administration is providing Rs1000 per month to registered construction workers, ponywalas, palkiwalas, pithuwalas for the next two months. Apart from this, the amount allocated by the government to the beneficiaries of the Social Security Schemes will be transferred immediately and ration will be provided on priority basis to all ration card holders. In these challenging times, the Old-age Homes, Orphanages will be extended all the support from the government including rations, he added.
From May 8, dry ration is being made available to poor families under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, said the Lt Governor.
Lt governor stressed upon the wearing of face masks and getting vaccinated. The Lt Governor also called for Jan Bhaghidari and cooperation in the fight against the deadly virus. I urge everyone to wear face-masks, register themselves for the vaccination, get tested and ensure Covid appropriate behaviour at all times to combat Covid pandemic, added the Lt Governor.
While sharing several inputs received from Doctors, citizens, nurses, and frontline health workers for tackling the spread of the deadly virus more effectively, the Lt Governor made special mention of some doctors.
“Doctors and healthcare workers are working day and night to protect the citizens. These people faced great challenges since the beginning of the epidemic and many Corona warriors have sacrificed their lives in this battle. Public must pay attention to their advice and strictly follow the Corona Protocol”, said the Lt Governor.
While sharing suggestions received to strengthen the infrastructure, the Lt Governor observed that the UT Administration is fully prepared in the fight against Corona.
In the last 6 months, J&K Administration has strengthened health infrastructure across J&K. We have added 26 new Oxygen Generation Plants. 14 more plants will be added by the end of this month and additional 34 Oxygen Generation Plants will be installed within 6 months. In the next 6 months J&K will have a total of 99 Oxygen Plants in the Medical Facilities of Jammu and Kashmir to serve the general public, the Lt Governor maintained.
Replying to the suggestions received regarding various important aspects of covid containment measures, the Lt Governor underscored several Covid control measures undertaken by the Government including establishment of Covid control rooms in all districts; distribution of Covid kits to corona positive people and people with Covid like symptoms; constitution of committees up to panchayat level for covid management; enhancing health facilities at Primary, Community and District Health Centres; besides establishment of 24×7 operational war room for oxygen in Jammu and Srinagar as preventive measures against hoarding of oxygen cylinders and ensuring its smooth supply.
“We are still in a better position than many developed countries when it comes to health infrastructure. Nevertheless, I believe that there is a need to improve primary health centres right now,” the Lt Governor continued.
The Lt Governor shared a phrase of Mahatma Buddha – “This Too Shall Pass”. Together we will fight Covid-19. Be supportive to each other and stay safe, said the Lt Governor.
“I once again salute all Corona warriors and all the staff involved in the healthcare system”, concluded the Lt Governor.