As woes due to the lockdown period continue to increase in the state, the Kamrup (Metropolitan) District Administration decided to chip in with mobile vegetable vans in the city to deliver essential items to the citizens.
As per the government order, the district administration has earmarked 66 designated points for delivery of vegetables through mobile vans on alternate days to avoid the congestion of people.
The vegetable vans will be parked at 66 wards which fall under the jurisdiction of Guwahati Municipal Corporation.
The officials attached with each van have been directed to ensure social distancing at each distribution point.
Marketing Officers of Agriculture Marketing Board, Assam shall supervise the selling of vegetables at each designated points.
Police personnel will also be deployed at the 66 designated points to ensure smooth and safe arrangement.
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It may be mentioned, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on March 27th, 2020 ordered the closure of all vegetable, fish and meat markets in the state within hours of opening them following the violation of social distancing by people as a measure to stop or slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Kamrup (Metropolitan) District Administration had earlier decided to arrange selling of vegetables at seven designated points in Guwahati from March 27th, 2020 onwards.
The designated vegetable points were set up at Six Mile, Ulubari, Ganeshguri, Fancy Bazar, Narengi, Maligaon, and Silpukhuri. Hundreds of people were seen purchasing vegetables, oblivious to social distancing.
The absence of any government officials and police to discipline the crowds and enforce social distancing resulted in a grave violation of the lockdown.
Following which, the Assam government issued a warning asking the citizens to follow the advisories for social distancing circulated earlier. Violation of the same will attract penal provisions under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, according to a government notification.
Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Chief Secretary, Assam said, “All meat, fish, shops will remain closed till March 31st, 2020. It will be reviewed on April 1st, 2020. Grocery shops will provide vegetables, fruits, eggs, gingers, garlic and water etc.”
The citizens have also been asked to contact the State Control Room, Assam State Disaster Management Authority in case of any kind of emergency on numbers 1070, 1079, 94010-44617 and 0361-2237219.
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