Mumbai: In a recent development, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Center has asked its ministers to take charge of their states and play the role of leaders in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources told ANI that a letter from the PMO has been sent to all ministers, asking them to play an active and effective role in warding off the growing disease.
“The elected representatives have been asked to ensure that the poor and the underprivileged get food, to ensure that PDS shops in their area do not run out of ration, essential commodities are available in the local markets and people are There are no overcharges for, ”ministers.
Ministers have been asked to maintain constant contact with the local administration and also to keep updated on the status of COVID-19 in their own constituencies.
ANI quoted its source saying, “Keep in touch with the local district magistrate, make sure that those who have returned from abroad follow quarantine rules and maintain a figure of coronavirus positive people and those who have died due to the disease.”
The ministers who have been given the charge are Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who will take care of Jharkhand, while the charge of Maharashtra has been given to Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javadekar.
Like, UP will be looked after by Rajnath Singh, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Sanjeev Balyan, Krishna Pal Gurjar.
The responsibility of Bihar has been given to Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will look after Rajasthan and Punjab.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to ensure that there is no community outbreak of the disease. The senior leadership of other political parties was also taken into confidence.
Elected representatives have also been asked to ensure that community kitchens do not face problems in serving the poor. Ministers have also been asked to create awareness regarding the disease.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown to deal with the spread of coronavirus, saying social disturbances were the only measure to prevent the spread of the disease.
(With ANI Inputs)