SHILLONG, Mar 25: The Meghalaya government on Wednesday has taken up measures to ensure the steady supply of essential commodities during the 21-day lockdown called by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
The cabinet decided that from March 27, in the urban areas of the state like Shillong, Tura and Jowai authorities will ensure that essential supplies would be available in all localities.
“We will make sure that supplies of essential commodities reach all the localities and we will coordinate with the Dorbar Shnongs for this purpose,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said.
In the rural areas, Tynsong said that the respective Deputy Commissioners will chalk out plans with the respective traditional heads to ensure the supply of essential commodities to the citizens.
He also said that commodities under Public Distribution System (PDS) will be distributed till for the month of June.
“We have asked for the allotment till the month of June,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
He also informed that the government has set aside three quarantine places in the state consisting of the AYUSH Hospital at NEIAH, the TB Hospital at Umsawli and the Cancer Wing at the Civil Hospital Shillong.
“There are not less than 200 rooms,” Tynsong said.
He informed that instruction has been given to the Chief Secretary to take up the matter with his counterpart in Punjab and Haryana for ensuring supply and transportation of rice and other essential commodities for open market from those states without any hindrances.
On the 21 days lockdown, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “20-25 percent population are still taking the matter easily, which should not be the case.”
He said that the cabinet has decided to urge the public to observe complete lockdown because it was in the interest of the public.
“We should be convinced to stay home safely. Coronavirus has affected the whole world but we are thankful to God that there is no positive case detected so far in the State. But we should not be complacent anything may happen, so, therefore, stay away”, the Deputy chief minister urged.