ANANTNAG : Amid lockdown due to COVID–19 pandemic, district administration Anantnag has taken various measures to continue delivery of essential commodities like medicine, ration, LPG, safe drinking water, power, healthcare and other faci lities to general public on regular basis. District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Anantnag which met recently under the chairmanship of Bashir Ahmad Dar accorded post facto sanction of Rs.19.65 lakh for purchase of equipment required for establishing quarantine centres.
The committee took the decisions for purchase of masks, PPE, sanitizers and al lied equipment for GMC Anantnag, Emergency Hospital Qazigund and 10 Municipalities of the district. Besides Rs 10 lakh were released in favour of Principal GMC Anantnag, Rs.25000 in favour of Medical Superintendent, Emergency Hospital Qazigund for purchase of medicines, masks, sanitizers, PPE and al lied equipment. Also an amount of Rs.9.40 lakh was released in 10 Municipalities for sanitization/ fumigation purposes and al lied activities. The committee also approved the arrangements for distribution of free ration to be made by AD FSC&CA for migrant labourers, free food and other essential items for contacts of COVID–19 positive patients/ suspects and staff in quarantine centres. It also approved instal lation charges and running cost of 63KVA Gen-set at trauma centre Bijbehara, purchase of 500 steel beds from SICOP and 160 cots from local market and 630 beddings for administrative/ hospital quarantine centres and hospitals and also issued orders for purchase of reusable PPE kits and sanitizers for frontline workers and others in the health department.
Benef iciaries including elderly people, aged widows, special ly-abled persons and other deserving across the district are getting their pensions and other financial assistance regularly under Integrated Social Security Scheme (ISSS). A monthly pension of Rs 1000 is being transferred to the accounts of old age people through DBT without any delay. Likewise, all the beneficiaries under various social wel fare schemes are getting their monthly f inancial assistance regularly. With the onset of Agriculture and Horticulture season in Kashmir, Irrigation Division Anantnag has started desi lting of various canals across the district, whi le strictly adhering to SOPs with regard to COVID–19, to provide adequate irrigation supply to the farmers during the entire season, and also generating man days for the local populace during the lockdown. Executive Engineer Irrigation Division Anantnag Tariq Ahmad Dar said that 100 Km canal length is being desi lted and the desi lting of canals wi ll be completed in the first week of May 2020. District Magistrate Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Dar also launched a drive for distribution of free ration to the outside labour class presently putting up in Anantnag district in sync with the government directions and provisions of Disaster Management Act.