By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: Amid upsurge in COVID-19 cases, the department-related parliamentary standing committee on Health & Family Welfare has postponed its visit to Kashmir.
The 31-member panel headed by headed by Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Prof Ram Gopal Yadav has put off its study visit to Kashmir.
Confirming the development, Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education, Atul Kumar Dullo said the panel has postponed its visit due to upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the country. The panel was scheduled to visit Kashmir from April 11- 14.
Last week, the government had designated Choudhary Muhammad Yasin, Mission Director, National Health Mission, as nodal officer for coordinating all arrangements for the study visit of MP’s visit.
The number of COVID-19 cases continue to surge in India as it recorded 1.68 lakh cases in the last 24 hours, the sixth record rise in seven days, pushing the country’s caseload to over 1.35 crore.
The COVID-19 cases also continue to rise in Jammu & Kashmir as 991 fresh positive cases were reported on Monday, pushing the number of active cases to 7908, which otherwise were less than 600 around a month before.
As many as 2034 persons have died in the UT due to COVID-19 since March 2020.
Meanwhile, uncertainty also looms over Kashmir visit of parliamentary panel on Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes, Headed by Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, MP from Gujarat, the panel is schedule to undertake a study tour of Srinagar from April 14.
Repeated attempts to know whether the panel will go-ahead with its visit proved futile as officials of Social Welfare department did not respond to repeated calls from this reporter.
In January this year, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture visited Kashmir.