Secretariat in Srinagar functioning normally, disinfection drive launched: DC

Secretariat in Srinagar functioning normally, disinfection drive launched: DC

Srinagar, May 8:  An entire floor of the Civil Secretariat in the J&K capital Srinagar was on Friday cleared and disinfected/sanitised after one of the employees tested positive for COVID-19 two days ago.

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that the Civil Secretariat is functioning normally, even as the particular floor has been cleared, sanitised and sealed.

The DC Srinagar refuted reports in the local media, that the Civil Secretariat has been closed down completely after one of the employees working there tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr Choudhary said “The Civil Secretariat in Srinagar is fully functional and everything was working normally. I’ve just returned from there and the particular floor where the positive case was found has been cleared/disinfected by following due protocols”.

“Clarified after wrong media reports,” he wrote on twitter on Friday.

Official sources said that the employee, a resident of Safapora in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

They said the disinfection drive was carried out inside the secretariat building, which houses the offices of the top brass of administration and bureaucracy of Jammu and Kashmir. The Civil Secretariat, the seat of J&K administration, partially reopened on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic that has so far claimed eight lives in the Union Territory.

He added that due to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19 pandemic, the civil secretariat at Jammu will continue to remain functional and most employees shall work on ‘as is where is’ basis.