New Delhi, Apr 3: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday cautioned the Governors and Lt Governors to treat the recent Tablighi Jamaat incident as a wake-up call, adding "no religious congregations should be allowed to take place in your respective states."
He called upon the Governors and Lt Governors of States and Union Territories to motivate spiritual and religious leaders to advice their followers to not hold any congregations and observe social distancing norms to prevent the transmission of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the number of positive cases in the country crossed the 2,000-mark. Addressing the Governors, Lt Governors and Administrators of States and Union Territories along with President Ram Nath Kovind, the Vice-President urged them to contact spiritual and religious leaders in their respective regions and advice them to guide their followers to strictly adhere to the guidelines on social distancing and to observe personal hygiene.
He also wanted them to focus on the arrangements made to ensure harvesting, storage and procurement of the agriculture produce in their respective states. As many as 35 Governors, Lt Governors and Administrators of States and Union Territories gave an overview of the measures taken in their respective areas to to combat COVID-19 pandemic. He described as "the need of the hour" that the states ensure 100 per cent of the procurement of the produce.
Speaking on the harvesting season, Mr Naidu urged them to advise the state agencies to ensure the smooth movement of farm machinery so that the farmers did not face any hardship. The Vice-President also wanted to know about the plight of the stranded migrant workers, the supply of essential commodities and medicines to the people. While the States and the Central Governments were doing their best in mitigating the hardship faced by the migrant labour, it was also the duty of the society at large to come to their aid in terms of providing food and shelter to them, he said.
Voicing concern over the incidents of assault on doctors in some states, Mr Naidu described them as unfortunate and condemnable. He asked the Governors to sensitise the people on the crucial, life-saving role being undertaken by doctors, nurses and other frontline warriors such as sanitary staff and police personnel in the battle against COVID-19. Such incidents would have a demoralising effect on doctors and others, he observed. Complimenting the services being rendered by the medical and sanitation staff, he said the real reasons behind such attacks have to be ascertained and the people have to be made aware that the doctors and nurses were risking their own lives to save others.
Urging the people to follow the advice given by the President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he also advised doctors and scientists to follow the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry and the ICMR. He also sought to know from Governors and Lt Governors about the arrangements for conducting online courses to enable students to pursue their studies. (UNI)