SRINAGAR: Reviewing arrangements for the ensuing Eid-ul-Azha festival, Kashmiri Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Pandurang K Pole on Saturday called for the establishment of enforcement, vaccination and testing services on all religious and market places in Kashmir.
He said Covid enforcement teams will remain deployed in all markets to ensure people follow Covid SOPs, including use of masks and social distancing religiously.
Pole said that in addition, teams will be deployed for vaccination and testing in all religious venues and markets, including centers for the sale of sacrificial animals, to ensure containment of the spread of Covid -19.
He called on people to say that while the positivity rate is dropping, they should nonetheless maintain appropriate Covid behavior as a habit to stay safe from the virus.
Div Com has ordered all DCs in Kashmir to establish sales centers where people can purchase the sacrificial animals with the proper COVID-19 protocol.
Insisting on the regulation of tariffs and the availability of quality poultry, the Div Com asked those concerned to form multidepartmental squads to carry out a thorough verification of the market in order to prevent traders, dealers and traders from resorting to hoarding, overbilling, black marketing or selling substandard items.
The Div Com focused on the PDD and the PHE to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity and drinking water to all neighborhoods during the days of the festival.
DCs have been urged to involve religious leaders in IEC activities of COVID-19 SOPs to raise awareness of the importance of following established guidelines and precautions to effectively control the disease.
Police authorities have been tasked with ensuring proper security measures and preventing the public from resorting to any kind of violation during the holidays.
He insisted on the free movement of nomads and trucks carrying sacrificial animals on the Mughal and Sinthan routes, in addition to setting up vaccination and testing booths on both routes for all incoming travelers.
Insisting on cleanliness and sanitation, SMC Commissioner Srinagar was tasked with ensuring regular garbage and waste collection and maintaining adequate sanitation around religious places and markets.
Among others, the meeting brought together DC Srinagar, RTO Kashmir, Chief Engineers, PHE, R&B, Directors of Health Services, FCS & CA and Sheep Husbandry, SSP Traffic, SP Headquarter Srinagar, CEO, Waqf Board and other dignitaries .
IGP Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners and SSPs from all districts of Kashmir also attended the meeting via video conference. Information service