Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba today asked all States/UTs to rigorously implement lockdown restrictions to contain the community transmission of coronavirus pandemic. He asked for taking stern action against people who are violating lockdown orders.
Cabinet Secretary made these remarks while holding a videoconference meeting with the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of all States and UnionTerritories to review the measures they have taken to ensure effectiveimplementation of restrictions during the lockdown period and to fightcoronavirus disease. The meeting was also attended by Home Secretary, AjayKumar Bhalla and other senior officers of concerned Ministries.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subhramanyam, DGP, Dilbag Singh,Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary, Planning &Information, Rohit Kansal and Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjiv Vermaparticipated in the meeting.
With regard to movement of migrant laborers in some States,the Cabinet Secretary asked the Chief Secretaries to ensure that no one comesout of their homes except only those who are permitted. He asked them to haveregular communication with District Magistrates and District Police heads sothat appropriate steps can be taken at local level to stop the unnecessarymovement of people.
Cabinet Secretary said that the Government is aware of thehardships that people, especially migrant labour and daily wage earners, arefacing because of the lockdown, but he assured that every possible supportwould be provided to them to meet out their daily needs. He asked the States tomake best use of the resources available with them to provide food and shelterto such people wherever they are.
Rajiv Gauba complimented the States/UTs for their efforts totackle spread of COVID19 and sought their cooperation so that lockdownrestrictions are implemented effectively in entire country. He said that we allshould be prepared for any kind of eventuality and our efforts should be on tominimize the further spread of coronavirus disease among people.
Cabinet Secretary also asked to ensure movement of truckscarrying essential commodities including food items, medicines/drugs, medicalequipments etc.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subhramanyam while listing out measurestaken by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir for containment of COVID19informed the Cabinet Secretary that restrictions are being implementedseriously in the entire Union Territory. The administration is closelymonitoring and reviewing the situation and proactively taking a number of stepsto combat COVID19 pandemic. He said that strong action as per law is also beingtaken against those defying Government orders.
Regarding present situation in J&K, Chief Secretary saidthat to break the chain of transmission, aggressive exercise is going on totrace out the contacts of confirmed cases their tests are also being done toconfirm their status.
Chief Secretary apprised the Cabinet Secretary that J&KGovernment has announced a series of steps to alleviate the problems of thepeople, especially the poor and the destitute because of the lockdownrestrictions.