Jorhat, May 20: Assam Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa on Wednesday chaired a meeting with senior officials of the district administration, different departments and tea estates authorities, at the Circuit House here to discuss about the measures that could be undertaken to prevent spread of COVID-19 in tea gardens and its adjoining areas of the district.
A Jorhat district official informed that Tasa directed the officials of the district administration, Labour, Health department to prepare a SOP ( Standard Operating Procedure) that could be applicable in tea gardens and its surrounding areas of Jorhat district to prevent the outbreak of the pandemic.
The official stated that the MP suggested closing all additional entry/exit points in the tea estates and only use the main entrance roads to the gardens. He further asked to provide sanitizers at the main entrance gates and to carry out thermal screening of people entering the gardens and also to maintain a register of names of people entering and coming out of the estates.
The official informed that Tasa, while calling for forming a committee in each garden to oversee following of COVID-19 protocol instructions, also asked the officials to undertake continuous awareness drives using loudspeakers regarding precautions to be followed to contain the virus transmission in the gardens.
Tasa directed the Assistant Labour Commissioner to prepare lists of of garden workers, other persons engaged in various livelihoods like handcart-pullers, rickshaw-riders, carpenters, masons etc. and keep it available in the Labour department's office, the official disclosed.
Mariani and Titabar MLAs Rupjyoti Kurmi and Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah respectively and representatives of Jorhat and Teok legislators also attended the meeting.