Guwahati: Biswanath District guardian minister Pijush Hazarika on Tuesday claimed that there are chances of lockdown in the district if the COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve.
Speaking to the media in this regard, Minister Hazarika said, “People have to cooperate and remain alert for the covid situation, if it gets worse than Assam government shall be bound to impose lockdown in Biswanath district.”
Minister while inaugurating the sole vaccine storage facility in the district, urged the people in the district to remain cautious of the situation.
In the meanwhile, the minister claimed that the vaccination drive in the district is expected to get more seamless and effective following the introduction of an exclusive storage facility.
“Till yesterday, Biswanath was sharing the facility with neighboring Sonitpur district,” said the minister.
While inaugurating the vaccine storage facility, Hazarika also praised the Biswanath district administration for readying it within a record time of ten days; as was asked by him on his previous visit on June 6. He said from now onwards, a separate quota of vaccines would be allotted on regular basis to Biswanath district which will help it focus on the vaccination drive without any dependency on the neighboring district.
The storage facility was readied at the expense of Rs. 4 lakh; and the sum came in the form of donations from a local businessman and a highway construction company. With this facility, Biswanath, as of now, can store 40,000 vaccines and work is underway to augment the capacity further in the coming days.
During his visit, the Minister also took stock of the ongoing mega vaccination drive in the district and also visited two Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) and oversaw the facilities therein. He asked the district administration to pay importance to generate awareness among the masses with regard to vaccination so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s vision of ‘Free Vaccination for All’ could be achieved in totality at the earliest in the district. “Vaccination is the only way out to save people from Covid-19. We have to focus on generating awareness so that we complete cent percent vaccination of the eligible population at the earliest,” said Hazarika.
The Minister during his tour of Biswanath district was accompanied by local MLA Promod Borthakur, Behali MLA Ranjit Dutta and Biswanath’s Guardian Secretary Rajesh Prasad.
With Inputs from Sayanika Deka (Biswanath)