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Govt to rope in religious heads for strict lockdown

KINS Desk

Srinagar, April 18 (KINS): Amid COVID-19 scare, authorities have decided to rope-in religious heads and those having influence in their respective years for strict lockdown.

As per the details available with Kashmir Indepth News Service, authorities have decided to create a database of influences in the village like religious heads, government servants, PRI members, and utilize them in spreading awareness and ensuring total lock down.

“Volunteers will be roped in for assistance and for ensuring home deliveries, to also be motivated to ensure that no movement / gathering take place inside red zone, to create database of influencers in the village like religious leaders, Govt. servants PRI members and utilize them in spreading awareness and ensuring total lockdown. Panchayat COVID AMCs will be used for surveillance, mask promotion, welfare measures,” the document reads.

An official said government believes religious heads like Imams can play an important role to ensure strict lockdown. “These people can make people aware to adhere directives of the government,” the official told news agency KINS.

Similarly, as load increases, government believes doctors will not have time to do contact tracing. “Therefore separate teams will be constituted for contact tracing, so that the doctors can handle medical load,” the government document reads.

Tehsildar or other suitable officer will be overall administrator of concerned Red Zone. He will be assisted by Tehsil Supply Officer, Tehsil Social Welfare Officer, Jr. Engineer (PDD/PHE), Pharmacists, to provide essential services, food, medicines etc. System of passes for essential services or emergency will be set up and all necessary precautions before entering/leaving red zones shall be followed.

Government has decided that all entry and exit to the zone would be with red zone passes and proper fumigation of vehicles, safety of personnel and safety tunnels.

“The entire Red Zone will be under surveillance and the people will be contacted periodically for rechecking for symptoms. There would be a 100% survey and screening of all persons in the red zone. The surveillance procedure has already been issued and will be reissued with improvements,” the documents read.

“All common/public places within the red zone will be fumigated twice a day.  All ambulances on duty / supply vehicles entering / leaving the red zone shall be fumigated. Extra cleanliness drives all around shall be carried. Departments like PDD and PHE will ensure regular electricity and water supply respectively to the red zone. They will activate help lines to address any complaints on priority- or common control room as above can be used. Banking arrangements such a mobile ATM or any other facilitation will be ensured,” the document says.

“In-case of any Emergency, whether medical or otherwise, permission for movement will be provided by concerned SDM / Tehsildar. A medical team shall be placed in the adjoining buffer zone to cater to any medical emergency that might arise,” it reads.

In case of a medical emergency requiring hospitalisation, the same shall be certified by the concerned BMO and the patient along with one attendant only should be duly red stamped and then shifted in ambulance for further treatment. For Non-Covid medical treatment, DCs will make some parallel arrangements in select locations, particularly for issues such as dialysis and pregnancies, it says.(KINS)

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