TAWANG: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday alerted all deputy commissioners on the recent surge in COVID-19 in the state as well in the country and directed them to implement the SOPs notified by the state health department a day earlier.

He also took stock of the check-gates on all entry points of the state through the third e-Pragati meeting held online with all district heads. Besides the chief secretary and the commissioners, representatives of BRO, NHIDCL and other central agencies attended the meeting.

The chief minister said that the check-gates need to be put under vigil and all entering the state will have to go through mandatory rapid antigen test in case they do not have a valid certificate of a recent test or a certificate mentioning they have got both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, he said, inter-district movement of people and vehicles will not be affected.

According to official records, Arunachal Pradesh has 13 entry points, all connecting Assam.

“This second wave of the virus is different from the earlier one and more dangerous. It is alarming that it has shown a trend of infecting younger people more. So, strict adherence to SOPs must be ensured by all district administrations,” Khandu said.

Appreciating the district administrations for successfully combating the first wave, Khandu sought similar cooperation from all in dealing with the new wave.

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As of date, Arunachal Pradesh has 105 active cases with a per-day highest of 28 covid positive cases.

Khandu reiterated that sample collection and testing need to be escalated while vaccination drive needs to be intensified.

The state government has a target of vaccinating at least 3.5 lakh of its population. So far, only about 85,000 people have been vaccinated.

He appealed to all people above 45 years of age to get vaccinated.

“We have no shortage of the vaccine. So, I urge all people eligible as per the guidelines of the central government to get vaccinated,” he appealed.

Khandu also called upon the district administrations to ensure the compulsory wearing of masks at all public places. He said that district administrations have been empowered to impose a penalty of Rs 500 on people who do not wear masks in public places.

“Together we have successfully combated the virus last year. We can do it again. Guidelines and SOPs will be notified from time to time as per the situation, which needs to be implemented in letter and spirit by the district administrations,” he said.

Khandu also took stock of the hospitals across the state and their preparedness to tackle the situation.

The chief minister expressed concern about the reported cases of ‘proxy’ teachers in government schools of the state. He directed the DCs and DDSEs to personally visit schools and check the attendance of teachers.

He called on people to directly file complaints with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) if any such ‘proxy’ teacher is detected in schools of their area.

“If any such complaint is received by my office, the deputy commissioner and DDSE of that particular district will be solely held responsible,” he cautioned.

The chief minister also took a report of various issues like forest clearance and land acquisition for important projects in the state besides status of the Hollongi airport, Miao-Vijaynagar road, Balipara-Charduar-Tawang road, e-Office, installation of VSATs, construction of hospitals, launching of 27×7 ambulance service, construction and functionalisation of Ekalavya Model Schools, etc.

He also took an action-taken report of the earlier two e-Pragati meetings. 

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