Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday asked the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all districts in the state to take decisions regarding COVID19 situation in consultation with the Chief Secretary and the MLAs in charge of the district.
The instruction came after the district administrations of at least 12 districts of the state decided to ban people from the capital city of Guwahati to enter in these districts owing to the city’s rising COVID 19 cases.
In a video conference with the DCs, Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Joint Directors of Health Services (Jt. DHS) on Thursday, Sonowal said, “There should not be any discrimination against the people residing in the COVID-19 hotspots. There is a need for the district administration officials to consult with the respective public representatives of their districts before taking any measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Directing the DCs to take steps for skill mapping of the returning Assam’s youths from outside the state so that they could be provided adequate employment opportunities, Sonowal instructed for engaging some of those returnees in the implementation of schemes like Jal Jeevan Mission while also providing self-employment opportunities through Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In view of the incidents like in Nagaon where thousands had gathered at a Janaza of a religious leader violating COVID 19 protocols, Sonowal directed the SPs to prevent mass gathering in their districts which might increase the risk of rapid transmission of coronavirus.
Emphasizing the need for continuing economic activities in parallel to the fight against COVID19 and other natural calamities like flood and erosion, the Chief Minister directed the district administrations to ensure non-interruption in the implementation of developmental schemes with the excuse of the fight against COVID-19.
He also directed the Jt. DHS of all the districts to ensure the patient suffering from other ailments, apart from COVID-19, get the required medical facilities on time.