LG Sets June 30 As Deadline For Vaccinating People Above 45 Years

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Friday fixed June 30 as a deadline for the 100% saturation of the first dose of vaccination for people above 45 years while directing officials to ensure that 30% of the targeted population falling under 18-44 age group is inoculated with the first dose in the next four days.

Chairing a high-level meeting at the Civil Secretariat here with the members of Covid Task Force, Deputy Commissioners, SPs, and other senior officials, the LG took district-wise appraisal of the Covid situation and suggested a host of measures needed to be implemented to bring down the positivity rate across the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said.

Emphasizing on conducting the vaccination drive on mission mode, the LG, he said fixed June 30, 2021 as a deadline for the 100% saturation of the first dose of vaccination for 45 and above age group. Sinha, he said, further directed the officials to ensure that 30% of the targeted population falling under the 18-44 age group is inoculated with the first dose by July 15th, 2021.

The official spokesperson said that the LG took note of the decrease in positivity rate being registered in most of the districts and observed that the collaborative efforts from all the stakeholders, coupled with comprehensive surveillance of COVID-19, decentralization of healthcare system, accelerated vaccination drive, rigorous testing for early case detection, prompt contact tracing, effective Covid Clinical Management and continuous augmentation of healthcare infrastructure, human resources and the committed efforts of Doctors, Paramedics, and other corona warriors have yielded favourable results in controlling the spread of coronavirus in J&K

“Corona Warriors, Front-line workers, citizens and the entire team of J&K Administration worked hard to save lives and secure our future,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“Next few days are crucial in terms of making further improvements in all indicators of the Covid containment measures. With optimum utilization of testing and vaccination capacities, strict adherence of SoPs, following Covid Appropriate Behaviour in letter and spirit, and by working 24x7, we can address the challenges of Covid pandemic,” he added.

On areas with low vaccination rate, Sinha, as per the official spokesperson directed the concerned DCs to strategize a comprehensive plan in coordination with the Police and Civil administration to accelerate the vaccination drive. Districts with the scope of improvement need to go some extra mile to achieve desirable results.

“Ensure no Social gatherings, Marriages, and community programmes, takes place without prior permissions. Constitute Joint teams of Police, District Administration and Health department for Special enforcement drives and spreading continuous awareness through announcements regarding adherence of Covid appropriate behaviour, besides conducting door-to-door vaccination and involving community elders to complement the Administration’s efforts,” the LG, as per the official spokesperson directed the DCs.

He said the LG also stressed on notifying Micro-containment zones on scientific parameters to ensure its effective outcome. He also asked the police department to distribute face masks amongst the violators at checkpoints.

“The message should be clear that the aim is not only penalizing but care and protecting the people. They need to be aware that the restrictions are for their welfare and safety,” he said, as per official spokesperson.

Stressing on effective operationalization of Covid Care Centres in Panchayats, the LG instructed the DCs and CMOs to fix the responsibilities for proper functioning of these centres with all requisite facilities and its maintenance.

“Now, as the impact of the Covid has been controlled a greater extent, it has to be ensured that Covid management measures and developmental activities must go together following all SoPs. We have to accelerate development work & build a strong economy with Innovative, Concrete and resolute policies and its implementation,” the LG said, as per official spokesperson.

“Basic amenities must be made available to the people. Maximum services should be made available on-line, focus should be on face-less service delivery on time,” he added.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson also directed the DCs to submit the report on the construction of community toilets in their respective districts.

“Directions were also passed regarding establishment of offices and accommodations for DDC Chairpersons; identification of youth for extension of benefits of Mumkin scheme under Mission Youth; Hostels for wards of martyrs of Police, Para-Military and Army; completion of pending works identified under Back to Village programme; training of para-medical and other frontline workers; clearing pendency under PMGKP,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that Sinha also passed specific directions to speed up the process for identification of beneficiaries under the Special Scheme ‘SASCM’ envisaged by the Government for Families which have lost their bread earner during pandemic.

He said that the LG also gathered inputs and feedbacks from the participants of the meetings on the present Covid scenario.

Meanwhile, Atal Dullo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department gave a detailed briefing on scientific data-driven analysis and other important aspects of the Covid management. He informed that the positivity rate of J&K has moved down to 2.2%.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Dilbag Singh, DGP; Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary to the Government, Industries & Commerce Department; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Ms. Sheetal Nanda, Secretary to the Government, Social Welfare Department; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; Dr. Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Deputy Commissioners and SPs, attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.

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