SILCHAR, April 17 - The Cachar district administration has decided to walk the digital path to trace people who violate the social distancing guideline and are found roaming on the streets without any purpose during the ongoing lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
�We are working out to develop and introduce a web portal that allows people to click photos if they find crowds building on the streets which have no genuine cause or reason for accumulation during the lockdown phase. They can send real-time photos to the portal which shall also have GPS coordinates, following which our flying squads shall take action against the violators,� Additional Deputy Commissioner Sumit Sattawan said.
The move to come up with app-based tracking of the movement of people during the lockdown was taken up after some instances where people were seen using vehicles meant for emergency services for their random and personal purposes, he said.
�Shops of essential items should open, but people must be disciplined. If any indiscipline is seen, people can send real-time photos on the portal and those will be checked to ensure that those are not photos of past events. The portal shall help us trace the violators and intensify mass vigilance. The Deputy Commissioner has given clear instructions to the flying squads to maintain strict vigil,� Sattawan said.
The ADC said Cachar district was in the non-hotspot and non-cluster zone and efforts were on to reach the green zone. �There is a containment zone around the proximity of the solitary COVID-19 positive patient�s residence and we must be cautious so that there is no reverse trend of going from the white zone, in which we are placed now among 207 districts of the country, to the red zone where the rate of COVID-19 outbreaks is high. People must understand that the virus is active yet unseen across the district and a small error in violating the guidelines could take the district to the red zone,� the ADC said.
It may be mentioned here that 21 samples from persons kept in institutional quarantine in Cachar have been sent to SMCH-COVID19 hospital for tests.