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April 30, 2020

Vaisakha 10, 1942

The State Executive Committee (SEC) held its meeting under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary (also Principal Secretary, PWD), Goa on April 28, 2020. Shri Puneet Goel, Principal Secretary Science and Technology, Shri S.K. Bhandari, Secretary, Transport and Shri Sanjay Kumar, Secretary Revenue, Member Secretary, SEC & SDMA attended the same.

Secretary Health  informed that no new Covid-l9 case has been detected after April 3, 2020. As on date, Goa has had seven positive cases of Covid-19, and all seven patients have recovered. After recovery, these patients were shifted to a Quarantine facility outside the Covid Hospital. 123 tests for Covid-19 (this includes tests done on the samples collected so far of those who were surveyed during the House-to-House survey) were done during the last 24 hours, on SARI/ILI patients, all of which were negative. The SEC noted with caution that Goa had not yet faced any community transmission.

          The SEC discussed the mechanism to deal with the permits to be issued for inter-state movement under medical emergency category and for other cases of compelling circumstances. The SEC advised the Collectors and Secretary, IT to work out a mechanism that ensures proper examination of application before a final decision is taken.

Secretary, Ports also informed that he has received some queries from barge owners associations who want to come to Goa, and are prepared for being tested at their own cost. However, after testing, they want to remain on the barge. The SEC asked him to work on it for more clarity, on the purpose and modalities.

The Nodal Officer for Quarantine facilities informed that a total of 41 persons are sheltered in five quarantine facilities. He is visiting these facilities regularly.

Secretary, Health informed that as many kiosks have been set up, the department will make a priority list for those who are to be tested at borders. Necessary protocol for the same is being worked out. After deliberation, the SEC decided that test samples from the border be sent not more than twice or thrice a day to the testing centres, to limit the number of trips to be made by the ambulance. The people whose samples have been taken at the borders should wait at the border till the test results are received,

          PCE(PWD) informed that the department has restarted 119 ongoing works and 4615 workers are engaged on these sites. Regarding water supply, he informed that the old pump at Padocem is fully repaired and has been made functional, and normal water supply would resume by tomorrow New pump would also be installed soon using the available technical manpower,

          Director, IT informed that she has granted permission to 61 IT and ITES companies to start the work with transit pass given for 490 workers.

          Nodal Officer (Foreigners) informed that a total of about 58,000 foreigners have left the country out of which 6447 flew from the Goa Airport. The UK (about 42%) and three other countries viz. Russia, Germany and Finland constitute over 80% of those who took off from the Goa Airport.

Commissioner (Excise) informed that the department has sealed 193 Retail liquor shops/Bars in addition to the wholesalers, and that maximum sealing has been done in Pernem Taluka followed by Salcete, Sattari and Bardez. He further informed that the liquor manufacturers have produced about 3.91 lakh liters of hand sanitizers.

 Secretary, Civil Supply informed that lifting of PDS ration has picked up in both the districts. She also shared that the department has verified a newspaper report about shortage of food for a family. A departmental team visited the said house, and confirmed that the family had received ration from FPS and confirmed to the team that they have no groceries shortage.

Shri CR Garg, District Observer informed that the price of pulses have come down today as compared to yesterday's rates. He also informed that Ponda Municipal Council has engaged 14 migrant labourers for the various municipal works.

Secretary, Law also informed that the Registration has picked up and the department has registered 17 documents, and several marriages were also registered. The SEC advised the department to keep the process staggered to ensure the social distancing and other safety norms.

Shri Keshav Kumar, District Observer informed that the issue of interruption of power at border check posts has been resolved with the installation of the inverters.

DMA informed that about 50 percent of standalone shops are open in urban areas. Similarly, Director, Panchayat added that 60 percent shops are open in the rural areas,

Director, Transport informed that 150 buses were operational today for ferrying the government staff and healthcare workers. As earlier advised by the SEC, the Director, Transport informed that the number of buses running for relief work has been rationalised.

          The SEC decided that the State needs to enforce the use of face cover/masks. To enable this, the State should start a campaign, such as 'no mask - no petrol', 'no mask no ration', or on the similar lines. The SEC asked the Secretary, Civil Supply and DIP to work on an action plan.

The IGP informed that the police have fined about 1000 people for not wearing masks. The SEC asked the IGP to provide these figures on a daily basis including the details of spitting violations.

Committee also conveyed to all concerned that as per MHA orders, any person violating these containment measures or not complying with the above directions will 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.