GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi took stock of the coronavirus situation in the state at a meeting held with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and senior officials of different line departments, at the Raj Bhavan on Monday. The Governor underscored the need of constant surveillance and deployment of dedicated men and materials to mitigate the emergent situation arising out of COVID-19.
Prof. Mukhi observed that though there were no positive cases of novel coronavirus till March 30, the attendees of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz at Delhi reportedly marked the onset of novel corona virus in the State. Prof. Mukhi appreciated the state machinery for working day in and day out, he said that the need of the hour is to sustain the constant surveillance throughout the state to contain and control the pandemic. Prof. Mukhi also said that COVID 19 is a humanitarian crisis across the globe and said that in the face of this health hazard along with good medical treatment, the health service providers should consciously maintain polite and tolerant demeanour with the people suspected of infection and living either in quarantine or isolation centres in the state. The Chief Secretary, Kumar Sanjay Krishna informed the Governor that the Health and Family Welfare Department along with all Departments of the Government of Assam are taking utmost care to come out of the menace.
On being asked about the tea gardens and the tea workers scattered across the state, the Chief Secretary also said that through video conferences and through respective district administrations, the Government is in constant touch with the tea garden management. Moreover, the government is extending the fruits of all welfare services including free rice, dals, sugar etc to the people living in the tea garden areas. He also said that that as per the Central Government orders the tea gardens will be operationalized with 50 percent employees by maintaining all norms from the 10th of this month.
Principal Secretary, Labour Welfare Department J.B. Ekka informed that a sum of 1200 has been released to 143318 beneficiaries who happens to be widows. Further 2 lakh 70 thousand construction workers are also being targeted for various benefits. Steps have been taken for release of all dues and increase wages under MGNREGA as part of the special package announced by Government of India.