Gangtok, May 10: (IPR) Chief Secretary Shri S.C Gupta chaired the State Task Force Meeting today to review the evacuation process, and other aspects related to Covid-19 mitigation.
The Chief Secretary took detailed feedback from the District Collectors, SPs and CMOs, and members of the State Task Force.
The Chief Secretary expressed satisfaction about the process of screening and quarantine of returnees over the last few days.
The District Collectors briefed about the status of labourers who are stranded in Sikkim and are willing to return to their home State. They shared the data of people in this category.
Chief Secretary said that Sikkim has done much better than other States in terms of resumption of economic activities. This he said was evident from the data provided by the District Collectors that most of the labourers are preferring to stay back in Sikkim.
Further, the Chief Secretary informed that the Government of India is likely to make provision for special trains for the North Eastern States, to evacuate people. He said that the State Government is pursuing the matter. He said that the State Government is in correspondence with the Governments of North Eastern States.
The Chief Secretary emphasized on strict implementation of social distancing norms. He said that resumption of normalcy does not mean that people start taking things for granted. He informed about the immediate implementation of “The Sikkim Public Health and Safety (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020” as a regulatory measure for containment of Covid-19 in the State of Sikkim, which makes the violation of norms as a punishable offence. He informed that the Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department has notified this Rule. He issued strict directives to all the DCs and SPs to strictly implement the rules and ensure that social distancing norms are not violated. There will be strict implementation of these rules on the ground, he informed.
Secretary, Land Revenue & DM Department informed that copies of the Rule are ready and have been dispatched to the District Collectors and SPs for immediate enforcement.
Regarding the movement of trucks, the Chief Secretary called for strict enforcement of the notified norms and guidelines.
In conclusion, the Chief Secretary called for utmost vigilance and ensuring compliance of all the guidelines.