SILCHAR, July 25 - Responding to popular sentiments, the Cachar district administration has decided not to clamp fresh lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The decision came after a discussion with citizens and elected representatives on Thursday wherein the participants were unanimous that lockdown is not a solution, and only wearing of masks, social distancing and personal hygiene are the panacea.
The participants urged the administration and police to focus on the market areas and rural areas and minimise gatherings. The senior citizens suggested involvement of ASHAs, teachers and NGOs in generating awareness among the masses.
Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said the administration is well equipped in terms of health infrastructure and health personnel to tackle the situation.
Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy said the administration has been able to do contact tracing of persons without travel histories.
Oncologist and Padma Shri recipient Dr R Ravi Kannan dispelled misconceptions on COVID-19 spreading through fruits and vegetables and said the virus cannot thrive in dead cells. He emphasised on educating the masses on the do�s and don�ts.
SP Bhanwar Lal Meena said police will take action against traders not adhering to guidelines. Sekhar Dey, OSD for Barak Valley to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, was also present.