CM suggests ‘Rapid Response System’ to PM, lockdown to be extended

Relaxations in Non-COVID-19 affected districts

Shillong, Apr 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Monday, informed that the lockdown in the state will continue post May 3, but there will be relaxations in Non-COVID-19 affected districts.

He announced the decision after a 2-hour meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of all States and Union Territories, through video conferencing.

During the meet, the Chief Minister also suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Meghalaya model of “Rapid Response System”. “Wherein within specified time frame response is initiated by health, administration and police on detection of new Covid-19 cases,” he said.

“The rapid response system will enable the government to work at micro level, like the panchayat institutions and prepare us for any such situation that may arise in future,” he added.

He suggested that response of different stakeholders should be specified in the form of standard operating procedures (SoPs), who can respond immediately within 60 minutes. 

He also suggested the Prime Minister that an “Economic Task Force” by all the States be setup for exchange of ideas and possible solutions to initiate economic activities by adhering to necessary precautionary protocols. 

“There is an economic State to State dependence. The establishment of economic task force will help States and its adjoining neighbours to a large extent in devising practical measures to revive the economic,” the Chief Minister added. 

The Chief Minister also stressed on the use of technology. “We should prepare ourselves for the change by integrating technology in governance, healthcare and business,” Sangma said. 

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