BANDIPORA: District Development Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza Tuesday chaired a meeting to review arrangements put in place by the district administrations in view of ensuing holy month of Ramdhan. The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Reyaz Ahmad Beigh, President Municipal Committee Bandipora Basharat Ahmad Najar, Block Chairmen of various blocks, Islamic Scholars including Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi, Moulana Khursheed Anwar, Molvi Nazir Ahmad, Khateeb Ahem Sharief Bandipora, President Traders Federation Bandipora Shamshad Ahmad and other senior officers of the district. In view of current COVID-19 Pandemic, threadbare discussion was held in the meeting regarding implementation of lockdown during the holy month besides proper sanitation, fumigation, distribution of essential commodities, uninterrupted electricity & water and other arrangements.
During the meeting Deputy Commissioner sought cooperation from the Ulemas, Islamic scholars and civil society members in ensuring lock down and social distancing during holy month by appealing people to offer prayers at home during the month of Ramdhan as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of deadly corona virus. On the occasion Ulemas assured full cooperation to the administration in ensuring lockdown during the holy month. Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi said the Ulemas have been lending full cooperation to the administration in fighting the deadly virus. Qasmi said Ulemas have already advised the people to offer prayers at home while maintaining social distancing. He said in the current circumstances when Health experts’ advice to stay away from congregations, the religion also prohibits from going against the advisories. He said the congregation may be a reason for transmitting the virus in healthy persons and hence people are strongly advised to stay away from congregations. On the occasion Deputy Commissioner asked the concerned departments to ensure better sanitation and fumigation of all public place including Mosques, lanes and by-lanes besides directing them to ensure proper water and power supply. Deputy Commissioners directed to ensure smooth and timely distribution of essential commodities in the district and to monitor the distribution process by seeking details from the concerned Tehsildhars and Patwaris. He also issued necessary directions to other concerned departments so that people do not face any inconvenience in present COVID-19 situation. He stressed concerned departments to work with dedication, synergy and close coordination so that people do not face any inconvenience during the holy month of Ramdhan.