TINSUKIA: The office complex of Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner has been declared as containment zone after Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia Bhaskar Pegu was tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. The DC opted for home isolation as per prescribed guidelines of Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam. While most of the executive magistrates preferred to remain indoors, the Circuit House has been converted into temporary DC's office.
What raised eyebrows of many was that the DC interacted with staff and attended a public meeting on Saturday at the DC's conference hall where he distributed cheques to 11 affected families of Baghjan in presence of Minister Sanjay Kishan, SP Tinsukia, GM OIL and other official staff besides a host of mediapersons. He had volunteered for swab test as possible suspect on Friday, the result of which was communicated to him on Saturday evening which amounted to gross violation of Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. Pegu being the head of the district and well versed with COVID-19 protocols ought to have restrained himself from attending public programme and should have gone for strict isolation, viewed the conscious citizens of Tinsukia. Now entire district would bear the brunt of his mistake. Among those invited for the meeting were few elderly people from Baghjan relief camps where several thousand blowout inmates were housed under inhospitable conditions. Will it be possible for Tinsukia district administration to tackle the situation in Baghjan if positive cases emerge following coronavirus contact in the meeting ?