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Panaji, April 19, 2020


The State Executive Committee has decided to start a structured awareness campaign on the preventive measures, highlighting Dos and Don'ts to contain the Covid-19 since a large number of activities would be permitted from April 20, 2020.


The  State Executive Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Shri Parimal Rai, IAS reviewing the overall situation on the corona virus pandemic at Forest Bhavan, on Saturday April 18, emphasized the need to bring out the dos and don'ts while carrying out  activities, create awareness on the compulsory use of face cover in public place or at workplace, social distancing norms, frequent use of sanitizers or hand wash, sanitization of work spaces, access control, limited staff, etc in this awareness campaign.  


The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Science and Technology, Shri Puneet Kumar Goel, IAS; Secretary, Transport, Shri S K. Bandari, IAS and Secretary Revenue, amd Member Secretary, SEC & SDMA.


Shri Daulat Hawaldar, Secretary Finance.; Shri Jaspal Singh, IGP; Shri Subhash Chandra, PCCF; Shri Kunal, CEO; Shri Santosh Kumar, Add. PCCF; Ms Nila Mohanan, Secretary, Health; Shri Amit Satija, Commissioner, Excise; Shri P.S. Reddy, Secretary, Fisheries;  Shri. J. Ashok Kumar, Secretary, Tourism;  Shri Sanjay Grihar, Secretary, Panchayats; Shri C.R. Garg, Secretary, Law; Ms Isha Khosla, Secretary, Civil Supply;  Ms R. Menaka Collector North; Shri Ajit Roy Collector South; Shri Tariq Thomas, DMA; Ms Vandana Rao. Director Education; Ms Ankita Anand. Director, Information Technology; Smt. Meghana Shetgaonkar, Director, Information & Publicity and other Heads of Department were the special invitees for the meeting


Secretary Health informed that the expert committee under Dr Jagdish Kakodkar of GMC would examine the data of the House-to-house survey by early next week to prioritise the testing. 1000 Thermal Guns for use of various Govt departments are likely to reach Goa by tomorrow, by a special flight, she added.


Principal Secretary, Science and Technology shared the sample of the 2D-bar coded stickers for vehicles with IGP for sensitising the Police at Nakas and informed that necessary directions have been issued regarding the issue of permissions/permits for the industries, as per MHA guidelines.   IGP was also urged to sensitise police personnel at the check-posts to ensure smooth movement of buses.


The Chief Officers/Commissioner of the Municipal bodies, and the Panchayat Secretaries were authorised by SEC to issue permits for the self-employed persons providing various services, e.g. electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor-mechanics, carpenters, etc.


The SEC, inquiring about the status of confirmed cases in Belagavi, Karnataka in the last few days, advised to be alert on the movement of persons coming to Goa, and that all checks be carried out at the borders to ensure proper health screening. Only authorized persons should be allowed entry.  Collector, South said that he is in touch with the Collector Belagavi.  The cases, which have tested positive, were already under quarantine for sometime, he added.


Secretary, Tourism informed that about 10,000 suitable hotels rooms, having tariffs below Rs. 5,000/- have been identified upon verification by the Collectors.


Secretary, Civil Supplies said that Goa is amongst the 12 states which have started a national ration card portability facility. Migrants from the other 11 States can avail PDS ration in Goa, provided the person has verified biometrics at least once at the State of origin/native place and their family has not lifted the ration in their native place. The Incident Commanders were urged to randomly check PDS distribution at FPS to ensure entitled beneficiaries are getting benefits.


The Collectors analysed the requirement of the paramedics deployed at the border and  were of the view that they can spare some of them to screen and examine the cases of medical emergencies or other authorised persons entering the borders of the State.




The SEC reiterated that door-to-door delivery of all items is permitted and should be encouraged during the lockdown period without any hindrance. There are no restrictions on the movement of goods vehicles, empty or full.


The Government has increased the support price for Cashew (from Rs 100 to Rs 125), Coconut (from Rs. 10 to Rs. 12) and Pulses-(Halsando) (from Rs. 75 to Rs. 100). ATMs, and the cash liquidity position in the State is normal, Shri Hawaldar informed.


Secretary, RD informed that the 2061 beneficiaries such as widows, senior citizens and Divyangs would get financial assistance under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana on 20/04/2020 through DBT. The data uploading of the majority of the remaining 21500 beneficiaries is under way and is likely to be completed by next weekend.