Baramulla: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, accompanied by concerned officers Monday visited Baramulla where he chaired two seperate meetings with Deputy Commissioners of Baramulla and Kupwara besides interacting with various stakeholders in order to discuss means and measures for combating the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic.
On the occasion, a comprehensive discussion was held wherein the stakeholders comprising religious heads, transporters, traders among other prominent sections of the society from both the districts separately presented their feedback and suggestions with regard to the issue.
Advisor underlined the need of active cooperation from every stakeholder in combating the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic and said that need of the hour is to supplement the government efforts at this critical juncture. He added that religious heads and PRIs enjoy a respectable position in the society and they can effectively do their part by motivating people to follow SOPs and guidelines for averting major exigencies.
He called for stringent measures for curbing this infection. He also stressed upon the traders and transporters to strictly follow the requisite advisories saying that the situation can go out of control if the issue is not taken seriously.
Baseer said any kind of gathering in the form of religious congregation need to be avoided at the time of pandemic.
He said administration has procured sufficient stock of Oxygen supply and essential drugs and there is no need to pay any heed to the rumours regarding its scarcity. He emphasized upon the officers and other stakeholders to educate people about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign so that people come forward and take the vaccine doses at their stipulated time.
Meanwhile, Advisor directed both the DCs to formulate exigency plans in view of forthcoming festivals of Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-u-Fitr and make arrangements of mobile vans in containment zones so that all the essential commodities are delivered at the door steps of those living in such zones. He emphasized to ensure that the economic activities relating to agriculture, horticulture, MGNREGA etc goes on smoothly provided COVID appropriate protocol is strictly followed.
Interacting with the PRI and ULB representatives, Advisor impressed upon them to play a bigger role in tackling this pandemic. He appealed them to step forward and aware the masses about the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing. He further requested them to get their localities sanitized/fumigated.