NT NETWORK Panaji The state government on Sunday launched the ‘COVID-Locator’ app, a Global Positioning System (GPS)-based location tracker that will help in tracking the movement of persons, who have been placed under home quarantine. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane took to Twitter informing that as government’s initiative to curb further spread of coronavirus in the state, his department has collaborated with ‘Intugine’ to launch ‘COVID-Locator’, a GPS-based location tracker. He said that the app will help in tracking suspected and asymptomatic carriers of the virus when the carriers leave their quarantine zone. Rane said that the particular app is available for download on Android’s Play Store.
Improve condition of relief shelters, Collectors told
Observing that the condition of the relief shelters in Goa should be further improved, the State Executive Committee (SEC) has directed both the District Collectors to take steps to make the necessary essentials available at the shelters.
The SEC has directed the District Collectors to take measures to provide milk and biscuits to the children in the shelters, make provision for sanitary napkins, wherever required, and provide for folic acid/iron supplement tablets to the needy.
The SEC held its meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Parimal Rai at the Forest Bhavan in Panaji on Sunday.
The meet felt the need to explore the setting up of more shelters, if the number of labourers is high in a particular camp and depending upon the facilities available. The incident commanders and district observers were also directed to regularly visit the shelters to oversee the functioning.
The meeting was attended by all secretaries of the state government. The SEC also took a brief from Commissioner Excise Amit Satija, who is a nodal officer (foreigners), on problems being faced by foreigners, their evacuation and movement back to their countries by special flights. The SEC asked the nodal officer to ensure close coordination between the foreigners in Goa (for all their requirements) and the Ministry of External Affairs and Inspector General of Police on this issue.
The SEC appreciated the civil supplies department for starting the third ‘groceries-on-wheel’ vehicle, an initiative that has been appreciated widely on the social media. It was also confirmed that the fourth vehicle is expected to start functioning shortly.
Secretary Panchayats Sanjay Gihar informed the SEC that pre-monsoon activities have commenced in most of the places. The SEC suggested that labour is available in various camps and if they are willing, the directorate of municipal administration and the directorate of panchayats could engage the labour on payment of minimum wages, in case there are difficulties in finding traditional labourers for tasks. However, the preventive sanitation measures should be completed well in time, before the onset of monsoon, the SEC said.
The SEC also took stock of the status of animals in forests from Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF). The SEC also inquired about the status of veterinary services for other domesticated and street animals. The PCCF and the secretary of animal husbandry and veterinary services apprised the SEC that these animals are being looked after and all complaints received in this regard are being attended to by the concerned officials.
The SEC appreciated that the medical teams have started visiting the relief shelters to examine the inmates. Also, the counsellors working under the education department have undergone an orientation programme in psycho-social counselling by the health department for taking care of the counselling needs of these labourers.
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