GAURISAGAR: The Sivasagar district administration has been putting all-out efforts to fight against the COVID-19 which has already created havoc worldwide. Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Lakhinandan Gogoi has been closely monitoring all arrangements taken to combat the spread of the virus in the district.
So far no COVID-19 case has been reported in the district. Massive sanitization drive has been carried out throughout the district in the market areas, bus stops, shopping arenas and tea garden areas. In order to create awareness on precautionary measures against COVID-19, steps have been taken for mobile announcement in every nook and corner of the district.
District Health department has also been taking all necessary steps in this regard. The district administration has appealed to people not to panic falling prey to rumours on social media. In order to ensure that the daily wage earners and the needy section of the society do not starve owing to the ongoing lockdown, as per the direction of the State Government, the Sivasagar district administration has started distributing gratuity relief in the municipal areas of Demow and Amguri. Assam Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Jogen Mohan on Monday formally launched the process at Demow and distributed relief materials in presence of Thowra legislator Kushal Dowari, Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Lakhinandan Gogoi, Additional Deputy Commissioners Junumoni Sonowal and Bidit Das. Similar initiatives will also be taken in Sivasagar municipal areas soon.
The district administration has intensified drives against illicit liquor. Teams led by magistrates and supported by police and excise departments have carried out raids in various places across the district and destroyed dens of illicit country liquor. Several litres of illicit liquor were also seized by the operating teams. Circle level task forces have been vigilant day in and day out and are ensuring strict compliance of the guidelines laid by the State Government and the district administration with regard to the prevailing lockdown scenario. The district administration has been reiterating its appeal to the people to adhere to the lockdown guidelines and any violation in this regard will be dealt with strictly as per law.
The Deputy Commissioner has been closely monitoring uninterrupted supply and stock of essential commodities in the district. He has also warned the wholesalers and retailers against creating artificial scarcity taking advantage of the situation and hiking prices of the commodities. The district administration has notified a good number of fair price shops and retailers who may be contacted over phone to supply essential commodities at every household in all the wards under Sivasagar municipal areas. He has also directed the Circle Officers to take similar steps at the respective revenue circle areas to ensure social distancing, which is vital to contain the spread of coronavirus.