BISWANATH CHARIALI, April 16 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the situation in Biswanath district today arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic at a high-level meeting held in the conferrence hall of the office of the Deputy Commisioner of Biswanath district.
Addressing the meeting, Sonowal said that the State gevernment has undertaken all necessary steps for clamping total lockdown following the revised guidelines of the Central government during the second phase of the lockdown. He said that the government had given permission to farmers to engage in agricultural activities and, hence, he ordered the district Agriculture department to ensure that the farmers were not harassed in any way. He instructed the district administration to form some supervisory units in the tea gardens of Biswanath district to supervise the compliance of the standard operational procedures including social distancing in work places, factories etc., by tea garden labourers. Likewise, he also asked the administration to ensure fulfilling the interest of the small tea growers in the district.
The Chief Minister instructed the Deputy Commissioner to hold meetings regularly with the Minister-in-Charge of the district, parliamentarians and MLAs for resolving problems that might arise due to the ongoing lockdown. He observed that nine lakh people of Biswanath district should not face any dificulty in availing essential commodities and services and asked the departments concerned to ensure public safety. He called upon the officers and employees to work honestly, friendly and devotedly. The meeting was well attended by State Minister Ranjit Dutta, MLAs Padma Hazarika, Utpal Borah, Prashanta Phukan, Deputy Commissioner Dhruva Jyoti Das, Superintendant of Police Rajen Singh, Gohpur SDO (Civil) Narendra Kumar Shah and others.
Later, Sonowal addressed a press meet in which he expressed his gratitude to all the departments including Health, Home, Food and Civil Supplies, media persons etc., for their restless work in the society during the outbreak of Covid-19.