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 SEC HOLDS REVIEW MEETING

 

The State Executive Committee (SEC) held its meeting under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Goa, Shri Parimal Rai, IAS at the Forest Bhavan in Panaji on Friday.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Science and Technology, Shri Puneet Goel; Secretary, Transport, Shri SK Bhandari and Secretary Revenue, Member Secretary, SEC and SDMA, Shri Sanjay Kumar .

       Also present at the meeting were Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Shri Subhash Chandra; CEO, Shri Kunal; Secretary Fisheries, Shri PS Reddy; Secretary, Tourism, Shri. J. Ashok;  Secretary, Panchayats, Shri Sanjay Grihar;  DIG, Shri Parmaditya; Secretary, Law Shri C.R. Garg;  Secretary, Civil Supply,  Ms. lsha Khosla  among others.

The SEC appreciated Civil Supplies Department for starting the third Groceries-on-wheel vehicle, initiative which has been appreciated widely in social media. It was also confirmed that the fourth vehicle is expected to start functioning shortly.

Secretary, Panchayats, Shri Sanjay Grihar informed the SEC that pre-monsoon activities have started in most of the places. The SEC suggested that labours are available in various camps, and if they are willing, DMA and the Director Panchayat could engage them on payment of minimum wages, in case they face difficulties in finding the traditional labourers for this task. However, the preventive sanitation measures should be completed well in time, before the onset of monsoon.  

The SEC also took stock of the status of animals in the Forest from Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF). SEC also inquired about the status of veterinary services for other domesticated and street animals. PCCF and the Secretary (AN  & Veterinary) apprised the SEC that these animals are being looked after and all complaints received in this regards are being attended to.

The SEC also took a brief from Commissioner, Excise/Nodal Officer (Foreigners) Shri Amit Satija on problems being faced by foreigner, their evacuation and movement back by special flights. The SEC asked the Nodal Officer to ensure close coordination between the foreigners in Goa (for all their requirements) and the MEA and IGP on this issue.

The SEC directed all concerned to strictly comply with the directions issued by the Chairman of National Executive Committee (NEC) that all employers, be it the industry or in the shops and commercial establishments shall make payment to their workers, at their workplaces on the due date, without any deduction for the period their establishment is under closure during the lockdown. It has also directed the landlords of those properties, wherever the workers, including the migrants, are living in rented accommodation, shall not demand payment of rent for a period of one month.

Any disregard to the above guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act is a criminal offence and violators are liable to be prosecuted under the relevant provisions, it was informed.

 

The SEC appreciated that the medical teams have started visiting the relief shelters to examine the inmates. Also the Education Department’s Counselors have undergone an orientation program in psycho-social counseling by the Health Department for taking care of the counseling needs of these labourers . The SEC also felt that the condition of relief shelter should be  improved further and directed both the District Collectors to take the measures to provide Milk and biscuits to children in the shelters; provision for sanitary napkins, wherever required, provision for folic acids/iron supplements tablets to the needy.

It was also decided that regular medical check-up of the children be done and they may ensure that requisite immunization measures are taken to ensure that the immunisation schedule of the child is not affected. Providing hygiene kits that may include a toothbrush, toothpaste, washing and bathing soaps, comb. mattress wherever not available. It was also felt to explore setting up of more shelters if the number of labourers is high in a particular camp and depending upon the facilities available. The Incident Commanders and District observers were also directed to make regular visits to these shelters to oversee their functioning.  

The SEC also informed that any person violating these containment measures or not complying with the above directions shall be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action u/s 188 of the IPC.

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