Thane, May 24 : Worried by the steady COVID-19 rise in rural parts of this district, Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde has directed the officials to ramp up efforts while putting their best foot forward so as to cripple the pandemic.
During a review meeting held in Shahapur, the Minister on Saturday resolved to shield rural areas as well as other habitats from the Corona scourge hence asking the officials to keep their differences aside and join hands for eradication of the COVID-19.
The Minister scurried for the official gathering as the number of confirmed cases surged to 267 in Thane Rural, with 24 cases from Shahapur. An IAS officer Ranjit Kumar, who is presently the Project Director of the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society, has been directed by the State government to assist the Thane Municipal Commissioner Vijay Singhal for handling the prevailing situation more deftly. Mr Singhal stated that efforts are underway to increase the total number of beds up to 10,000. Meanwhile, the administration is also planning to build a Dedicated Corona Hospital in the city, the modalities of which were discussed at a recent meet. In a major relief for Bhiwandi town, the power loom industry resumed its production after more than two months.
During the lockdown, lakhs of workers toiling in these looms migrated back to their natives hence the work now is likely to be hampered by labour void. On the political front, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council Pravin Darekar inspected the hospitals treating Corona patients. After taking a stock of available medical facilities, he came to the conclusion that there had been misappropriations in the name of combating the healthcare crisis. He affirmed that he would raise these issues in the coming session of the State legislature. Commenting on the BJP's 'Maharashtra Bachao' protest, he said that the agitations are not politically motivated but meant to highlight that the ruling dispensation has failed to tackle the COVID-19. Averring that the government didn't take cognizance of the BJP suggestions, Mr Darekar proclaimed that the State accepted that there was lack of coordination between the governance and bureaucracy. Owing to this mismatch of actions, the citizens are being made to pay a heavy price, he asserted. (UNI)