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30 MARCH 2020


The Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Sh. V.P. Singh Badnore alongwith Adviser Sh. Manoj Parida and other senior officials  took his daily review meeting in the COVID War Room set up in UT Secretariat. 

 The Governor expressed his satisfaction over effective implementation of Curfew in Chandigarh. Pictures taken during the day on drone of various places of Chandigarh, where shown to him.  He directed DGP to enhance surveillance and take help of drone photography to find the defaulters and also to seize the vehicles violating curfew orders.  In most of the places, the residents followed strict social distancing norms.  He thanked the residents for gracefully accepting the reduction of relaxation time for opening of essential shops.  

The Administrator was informed that 56 Medical Teams are going all over Chandigarh to trace the persons, who have been in contact with Corona positive patients and decided that they need to be admitted to hospitals.  He appealed the citizens to intimate such cases to the Administration i.e who have returned from abroad and have not reported about their foreign visits to the authorities.
The Deputy Commissioner, Sh. Mandip Singh Brar mentioned that yesterday as many as 32,000  food packets have been distributed to the needy, poor and homeless people in Chandigarh.  He also mentioned that demand for food packets is increasing everyday.  The Governor thanked the NGOs and charitable organizations for assisting the Administration in providing cooked food.  He also requested that those, who are having enough resources should not take undue advantage of the facilities, which is meant for poor and needy people.

Sh. K K Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation  informed that door to door distribution of vegetables, fruits and milk is going on smoothly.  He also mentioned that Zomato  has agreed mto provide its services to people for placing orders online for only essentials including Ration, vegetables etc.  He also mentioned that MARKFED, Bigbazaar and Punjab Agro are ready with supply for online order to the consumers.  
Adviser, Sh. Manoj Parida stated that Central Government has given clear directions that no migrant labour should be allowed to cross the border of Chandigarh.  The directions have also been given for providing accommodation, food and medical check-up for these stranded migrant labours.  

In compliance of GOI directeions, the Administrator was informed that two centres exclusively for migrant labours have been set up in Maloya Community Centre and all facilities have been provided to the migrant labour.  Presently, there are 52 migrant labour staying there and adequate capacity is available.  The night shelter available in the city will also be used for accommodating migrant labour, as and when such demand arise.

The Administrator was also informed that one day salary of UT employees has been voluntarily contributed by them towards the PM Relief Fund.  An amount of Rs.5 crores to this effect has been sent. 

The Administrator informed that all banks and ATMs have been kept open for 02 days (30th March, 2020 and 31st March, 2020) for their usual operation for year end.  However, the residents are free to come out from 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM to avail ATM facilities in the shopping area on foot.  It was also informed that while direct sale in grocery shops will be allowed from 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM,  the door to door delivery to the customers can be made upto 09:00 PM.  Similarly, the shop owners will be allowed to open their shops from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM for cleaning and stock adding and getting the premises ready.

The meeting was attended to by the Adviser, Sh. Manoj Parida, Principal Secretary Home, Director General of Police, Finance Secretary, Commissioner, MC, Deputy Commissioner and Additional Commissioner, MC. The Governor also interacted with Deputy Commissioners of Mohali and Panchkula, Director, PGIMER, Director Health Services and Director Principal, GMCH through video conferencing.

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