By: Afaq Bhat
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has been reviewing the COVID-19 containment measures on a regular basis and is seeking the feedback from the officers every now and then.
A source told Precious Kashmir that while chairing a meeting on COVID-19 containment measures recently, the Lieutenant Governor made it clear to the officials that the pandemic has created an “emergency like situation” and their job timings cannot remain confined from 9 am to 5 pm only. “You need to work 24×7 as people need you at this crucial hour,” the source quoted LG Sinha as having told the officials.
The source said that LG expressed dismay over the slow pace of the ongoing vaccination drive and asked the officials to ensure that the pace is expedited. “After LG taking note of the slow pace of the inoculation drive, the J&K administration has decided to start a special campaign for the people falling in the age group of 18-yrs to 45-yrs. Since the day J&K has received fresh consignment of the COVID-19 vaccines the helmsmen are trying their best to tell the people that they need to get vaccinated as it’s the only way to develop the herd immunity,” the source added.
He said that LG Sinha has made it clear to the officials that they have only one option i.e. “perform or perish.” “The LG is monitoring all the developments personally and has kept the entire administration on toes. The LG wants to ensure that no chances are taken and the people are provided with the best possible facilities,” the source added.
He said LG Sinha has made it clear to the officials that each district would have to compete with each other in a bid to serve the people even better. “The LG has put a scale of ten on parameters including vaccination, services at hospitals and related facilities being provided to the people, to monitor the performance of the officials. A special team has been tasked to monitor the performance of each district on the scale of ten. A similar monitoring has also been started for the heads of the departments of various government offices,” the source added.
An official said that the Lieutenant Governor is in touch with the head of the health institutions personally and has passed clear cut instructions to them that “no laxity” would be tolerated. “LG Sinha is acting tough and seems in no mood to listen to the excuses,” he added.