Gangtok, November 12: In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the directives received from the Ministry of Rural Development, GOI, for mass IEC activities for “Jan Andolan COVID-19 Campaign”, a pledge taking ceremony was organized in the Rural Development Department on 11th November. The ceremony was attended by all the officers and staff of the Department.
The pledge was administered by Smt. Sarika Pradhan, Additional Secretary cum SPD, MGNREGA. The ceremony was also organized in all district/division and block Offices, Gram Panchayat and all MGNREGA ongoing work sites simultaneously.
As we are aware that COVID-19 is not over yet, one has to be alert and avoid being complacent. Through the pledge and other awareness activities, the single point message to be disseminated is ‘No carelessness until there is a cure”. It encourages individuals to follow key COVID Appropriate Behaviours and maintain safety protocols like wearing masks properly, washing hands regularly and maintaining the social distance of ‘do gaj’ (6 feet). It also seeks the commitment of individuals to protect oneself and family and take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the deadly virus by being vigilant and bearing in mind the risk to ourselves and colleagues.