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COVID-19 can’t be an excuse to stop development works: Sonowal to officials

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 9 took stock of the COVID-19 scenario, flood and erosion along with status of implementation of various developmental schemes through a video conference with top officials of all districts.

The deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and joint directors of health services of all districts participated in the meeting which was also attended by top officials in Guwahati.

Emphasizing the need for continuing economic activities parallel to the fight against COVID-19 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.

Saying that there should not be any discrimination against the people residing in the COVID-19 hotspots, the chief minister stressed on the 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.

He also directed the joint directors of health services of all the districts to ensure the patient suffering from other ailments, apart from COVID-19, get the required medical facilities on time.

Sonowal also instructed the SPs to prevent mass gathering in their districts which might increase the risk of rapid transmission of Novel Coronavirus.

Directing the DCs to take steps for skill mapping of the youths who returned from other states 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.

The chief minister also appreciated the sacrifices made by grassroots level workers of various government departments in this fight against COVID-19 and said the people and the government must work together to defeat this global pandemic as the campaign has entered into a very critical phase.


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