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SEC appraised of various steps taken to deal with COVID-19 situation


Panaji, April 23, 2020


The State Executive Committee (SEC) in their meeting held on April 21, 2020 at the Forest Bhavan in Panaji discussed several issues pertaining to Law and Order, Trucks Movement, Relief and Shelters, and Covid Status Report. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Shri Parimal Rai, IAS, and was attended by Principal Secretary Science and Technology,  Shri Puneet Goel, IAS, Secretary, Transport, Shri SK. Bhandari, IAS, Secretary Revenue, Member Secretary, SEC & SDMA, Shri Sanjay Kumar among others.  

Secretary, Health, Ms Nila Mohanan informed that the prioritised testing for the cases with ILI symptoms will start from April 22, based on the report of Dr Jagadish Cacodcar, Professor and Head of the department of Preventive and Social Medicine, GMC after the analysis of the House-to-House survey data.

It was also informed that the Health department is taking preventive steps to screen those persons who enter Goa without due authorization. Also, a team of Health professionals have been positioned in the Collectors' office to scrutinise the applications received for seeking Travel permit for medical emergencies, to prevent any possible misuse of the facility. Also, the GEL has been tasked to modify the current Travel Permit application online portal (https://goaonline.gov.in) to segregate such inter-state travel requests.

Ms Mohanan confirmed that Face shields have been procured, as earlier decided by the SEC. The SEC directed the Collectors to collect these shields for distribution to the staff deployed at border posts or to those who face higher public exposure. She also informed that additional 1,000 thermal guns are ready to be transported from Delhi and will be brought to Goa by a special flight.

PCE(PWD), Shri U.P Parsekar informed that the water supply got adversely affected in some parts of the South District due to disruption in the power supply at Salaulim Dam. However, the normal supply is expected to resume by April 22.

CE (Electricity), Shri R.G. Keni informed that the power supply got adversely affected in Sanguem due to the disruptions in both the transmission lines due to strong winds and rains. However, the power supply is now restored.

The SEC noted that many of the ongoing works of various departments have restarted. As per the information provided, 34 out of 54 works of PWD, 3 out of 7 works of Electricity, 18 out of 47 works of WRD, 4 out of 9 works of GSUDA, and 49 out of 197 works of GSIDC have started. The SEC advised caution and strict adherence of the MHA's guidelines.

CE(WRD), Shri Shrikant Patil informed that the department is in urgent need of a specialised machinery, which would come from outside Goa with three of its operators. He informed that all the operators are ready to undergo testing and quarantine before the start of work. The SEC directed him to be in touch with Secretary Health to ensure adherence of the testing and quarantine norms.

Secretary, Law, Shri C.R. Garg, IAS informed that he is working to finalise the modalities for penal action to be taken for not adhering to the directions of NEC of using the face cover while in public place or workplace.

On the role of Executive Magistrates posted on the border checkposts, the SEC clarified that they are in charge of the checkpost and all the staff working at these checkposts will report to them, irrespective of department including Excise, Police or others.

Collector North Goa, Ms R. Menaka informed that Goa Natural Gas (P) Ltd., a Joint Venture of GAIL Gas Limited (GGL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has requested permission to carry out the work relating to City Gas Distribution Network. Similarly, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited has requested permission for movement of staff/manpower and vehicles to carry out patrolling and maintenance activity. The SEC asked the Collector to grant them approval as per the revised guidelines issued by the MHA on 15/04/2020 and thereafter. However, they should be asked to utilize the staff available within the State.

The SEC also clarified that dental clinics will not be permitted as the present moment. However, in cases of emergency, the person could visit the Dental College.

Additional PCCF, Shri Santosh Kumar sought permission to auction cashews, as is done annually. The SEC again clarified that this is a permitted activity. However, the department is advised to strictly follow the social distancing and other safety norms.

Secretary, Agriculture, Shri Kuldeep Singh Gangar informed that vegetable supply from the neighbouring States has normalised.

Regarding the use of KTC buses by the health workers, the SEC clarified that they are permitted to travel in the 206 KTC buses being run by the KTCL for the Government servants. They can also contract KTCL buses on payment, if required to run on exclusive routes.

Director, IT, Ms Ankita Anand informed the SEC regarding the internet connectivity issue at Patradevi border checkpost. She further informed that all efforts are on to provide reliable connectivity.