ITANAGAR, Dec 17 - The COVID-19 vaccine is likely to reach Arunachal Pradesh early next year.
�It is most likely that the COVID-19 vaccine will reach the State in January 2021,� a press note from the office of State Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar said here today.
The Chief Secretary, who had a meeting with all deputy commissioners via video conferencing, reviewed the status of preparedness of the districts in this regard. The meeting also discussed issues relating to the State Health, Panchayati Raj, Land Management and Planning departments.
Kumar asked the deputy commissioners to monitor the availability of cold chains and other requisite instruments in their respective districts. He also asked them to go through all the protocols and ensure that all support was available for successful vaccination in the State.
The Chief Minister mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh had won the India Today State of the States Award 2020 for �leading small States in the fight against COVID-19�. He complimented the deputy commissioners for their contributions towards curbing the COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
Highlighting the importance of road connectivity, the Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to expedite the land acquisition process pertaining to Defence, BRTF, NHIDCL and ITBP projects.
He also asked them to expedite submission of utilisation certificates of projects under the Border Area Development Programme, North East Council, Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, State Infrastructure Development Fund, North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme, Rural Infrastructure Development Fund and other Central schemes.
The video conference was also attended by Commissioner, Land Management and Planning, PS Lokhande and the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P Parthiban.