Jammu, Mar 25:
The Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam 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 Tuesday.
Commissioners, Jammu & Kashmir, all Deputy Commissioners and District
Police Heads attended the meeting through video conference.
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 number of confirmed cases in the country, various quarantine facilities have
been established in the entire Union Territory of J&K.
the preparedness of the health and other allied departments, it was decided
that Panchayats, local bodies, lambardars and chowkidars will be involved to
trace/report the people having foreign travel history. The Chief Secretary
directed for 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 check points shall be established each in Jammu and Kashmir
division. In Jammu Division, the check points will be established at Lakhanpur
and Jammu and in Kashmir Division at Qazigund and Srinagar. Passes shall be
issued by 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 except 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 14th April. It was informed that Treasuries will remain
functional to ensure smooth closing of the financial year on 31st March.
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.
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.
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
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
Commissioners were directed to judiciously utilize funds provided to them under
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.