Governor, Punjab & UT Administrator Badnore reviews measures by tricity Administration to combat COVID 19
Chandigarh, 21st March 2020: The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh Sh. V. P. Singh Badnore today presided over a meeting with the senior officials of UT, State of Punjab and State of Haryana and reviewed the preparatory measures being taken in triciry to combat the spread of COVID 19.
The Administrator has appealed to stay at home tomorrow and make the Janta Curfew successful as announced by the Prime Minister. He has urged all the business establishments and industries to voluntarily close down their operations and stay at home so that chain of infection is broken.
Among other issues, the Chief Secretary of Punjab Sh. Karan Avtar Singh informed that in Punjab the wholesale vegetable markets are open and only retail Apni Mandis have been closed due to congestion.
The Adviser Sh. Manoj Parida apprised that in Chandigarh both the Wholesale and retail vegetable markets are open as if the same is not done then people would overcrowd the Sector 26 market which will unnecessarily cause congestion and may spread infection.
It was suggested that atleast in Mohali and Panchkula, the respective state governments can keep the Apni mandis and vegetable shops open as after ensuring necessary protocols and instructions as given by Government. It will reduce the unnecessary crowding of people from Mohali and Panchkula in Chandigarh.
Adviser Manoj Parida also stated that, if required, there is a plan to permit community halls to be used for sale of vegetables. The mobile carts, rehdis etc would be allowed to sell vegetables from house to house. Moreover if necessary mobile vans would also be utilised. However he clarified that no such proposal to implement it.
The decision of Chandigarh Administration to paste posters outside the houses of suspected cases so as to reduce the risk of other people getting infected was also reiterated. It has made everyone more aware and is acting as an effective decision.
The Administrator also reviewed the availability of medical/ safety equipment with all the Government Hospitals. It was decided that order for procuring additional medical equipment to be used by the doctors and para medical staff will be made and the same will be procured on priority.
The Adviser was also directed by the Administrator to send the proposal for advance payment of ration money for a few months to cater to the BPL families of UT Chandigarh so that they have liquidity which will enable them to make purchases of essentials from the market.
It was also decided to have a website dedicated exclusively for the corona virus information. It will be created and operated by Chandigarh Administration. However, the tricity authorities including Mohali and Panchkula would provide information to Chandigarh Administration to be uploaded on the website.
Moreover, everyday at 4 o’clock there would be a video conference to take stock of the measures being adopted in the tricity to tackle COVID19.
The Governor also stated that the people should restrain from relying on rumours. He stated that adequate number of beds and medicines are available in Chandigarh. The officials were also directed not to allow hoarding of masks and other safety equipment and take strong action against those creating artificial scarcity of materials.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Karaninder Avtar Singh, Adviser Mr. Manoj Parida, Health Secretary Chandigarh, DGP Chandigarh, DGP Punjab, DGP Chandigarh, Municipal Commissioner Chandigarh, DC Chandigarh , DC Mohali (through Video conference), Municipal Commissioner Panchkula and ADC Panchkula.