LAKHIMPUR: Chief Secretary of the State, Kumar Sanjay Krishna and Director General of Police (DGP), Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Tuesday visited Lakhimpur district in order to take stock of the COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown scenario. The Chief Secretary and the DGP were accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political), Jishnu Baruah, Additional Chief Secretary (Food & Civil Supply), S. Abbasi and Inspector General of Police (Special Branch), Hiren Nath.
During the visit, the high-level officers of the civil administration and police administration held a crucial review meeting with Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur, Dr. Jeevan B and the district head officers of Health, Food & Civil Supply, Agriculture, Water Resource, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Public Works and other departments of the district. SDO (Civil) of Gahpur under Biswanath district, Narendra Shah and SDO (Civil) of Dhakuakhana, Arindam Baruah along with Circle Officers under Lakhimpur district were also present in the review meeting.
In the meeting, DC Dr. Jeevan B presented a power-point presentation on COVID-19 scenario of the district with due illustration. The Chief Secretary, while reviewing the COVID-19 and lockdown scenario of the district, directed the Water Resources Department to gear up the embankment construction works in order to complete them within a stipulated time by the onset of the rainy season. He further directed the District Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Officer to take necessary steps to control the outbreak of swine fever in the district by laying due emphasis on the conduct of proper vaccination.
Similarly, he directed the Food & Civil Supply Department to ensure the availability of essential commodities and continue the flow of their supply to the rural areas. He enquired whether such materials were being picked up from wholesalers concerned regularly. The Chief Secretary further suggested the district administration to strictly enforce the lockdown advisories which were issued by the government.
“The advisories concerned should be enforced in such a way that social distancing is being maintained at all workplaces and public places. At the same time, steps should be taken to revive the economic activities in the district,” asserted the Chief Secretary. He called upon the line departments to co-operate with the district administration with regard to tackling any problems arising during the prevailing COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown situation.
DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta also took part in a meeting with the high-level officers of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district police department. He directed the Superintendents of Police of both districts to lay emphasis on ‘enforcement with facilitation’ in order to ease up the lockdown and to strengthen the law-and-order situation in co-operation with the public. He advised the police personnel not to hinder any kind of movement of medical personnel.
Later while interacting with media persons, the Chief Secretary said that necessary action and steps had been taken to identify and to quarantine the people who had come back to the State from their workplaces in Arunachal Pradesh during the recent days. “All such persons who already arrived in their homes have been quarantined,” he said. The DGP said that the police department of the State was suggested to render their service with dedication and devotion during the lockdown period.