Srinagar, May 30 : Asserting that COVID-19 containment alongwith economic revival needs collective efforts, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on Saturday thanked trade and business community for suggestions and assuring partnership in way forward. 'COVID containment along with economic revival & livelihood security need collective efforts. Thankful to the trade & business community Srinagar for their brilliant suggestions and assured partnership in way forward,'Dr Chaudhary said.
He added that it is time to resume services and operations in the district, adding that the same will be done in a gradual manner while ensuring that all precautions are taken care of so that it is a safe and successful venture. The Srinagar administration on Friday said that it would permit more sectors to operate from June 1 after the end of the current phase of the lockdown enforced in the district in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An official said that to begin with, the administration has decided to allow the social sector of the district to start operating from June 1. 'Concerned departments which work in this sector have been asked to submit relevant details and plans of operation. The latter will have to include a detailed sketch of how adherence to all relevant guidelines and SOPs will be ensured,' In this regard a meeting of senior officers of concerned departments was convened here Friday under the chairmanship of Dr Choudhary. During the meeting discussions were held on the need to allow operations of activities under the social sector and how it can be done in a safe and successful manner. Representatives of Handlooms and Handicrafts, Sericulture, Fisheries, Horticulture, Agriculture among other departments who were all in the meeting shared their concerns and suggestions as to how expansion of operations was the need of the hour and how it should be done in an appropriate manner.
Senior officers from FCSCA and Education departments were also present in the meeting. The DC lauded the FCSCA department for its outstanding service and efforts throughout the last two months in ensuring unaffected supplies of ration including foodgrains and LPG to all of around three lakh households. Each of these departments were asked to also submit details of the number of people who would be involved in these operations and their areas of operation so as to ensure their movement is facilitated through restrictions.
During the meeting, the DC said that except in the Dara area of Khonmoh block restrictions would be removed in all rural areas of the district, adding that all kinds of operations and activities would be allowed there. He, however, added that adherence to social distancing and other guidelines will be an important condition. (UNI)