SRINAGAR, MAY 14:Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary visited more than two dozen quarantine centres in Panthanchowk, Nowgam, Shalteng, South, Khanyar and North Tehsils to review the arrangements and interacted with residents arriving from different states.
More than 90 hotels across the city have been taken over by the administration and designated as quarantine centres. Another batch of 1214 persons from Udhampur, Jammu and Kathua arrival points reached Srinagar taking the number to more than 4000 in last one week.
Dr Shahid interacted with management staff of quarantine centres, field officials and housekeeping staff. He also visited the premises to oversee the facilities and requirements in place.
He inspected the basic facilities at quarantined centres and also reviewed implementation of safety protocol by the staff. He interacted with the residents and obtained feedback about arrangements. In view of requirements baby food, medicines and other items were dispatched to respective hotels.
It is pertinent to mention here that hoteliers in Srinagar have provided their hotels as quarantine centres and packed food is being provided to more than 4000 guests. Health department has conducted sampling of 1800 persons and more than 500 test reports have been made available. The issue raised by residents about delay in test reports was also discussed threadbare during the visit of Deputy Commissioner and the procedure involved in the process in view of huge numbers of arrivals in various districts being catered by SKIMS and GMC was informed.
Earlier the Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by ADCs Syed Hanief Balkhi, Masarat Hashim, Jt Director Planning Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jahangir Bakhshi and other officers visited TRC where arrangements have been put in place for registeration and screening in arrival from Udhampur, Jammu, Kathua as well as Srinagar airport . They interacted with the residents reporting at TRC after travel from various states. In many case of old-age, serious ailments and diseases special arrangements were allowed for such persons. A dedicated team has also been deployed for logistics in such cases.
The DC also visited Zakura and Hazratbal quarantine centres, along with Tehsildar North Dr Haroon Rashid and other officers. He interacted with inmates as well. Later, he visited Red Zones names Lal Bazar, Eidgah, Ahmed Nagar, Chhatabal and Rainawari for overall review and arrangements in place for essential services.
[7:27 pm, 14/05/2020] +91 88250 48183: Rs 14.47 cr released as cooking cost to children under MDM
Mid Day Meal provides dry ration to 8 lakh students in J&K during lockdown
JAMMU, MAY 14: An amount of Rs. 14.47 crore has been released as cooking cost Food Security Allowance for one month to 8.29 lakh eligible children who were provided dry ration under Mid Day Meal (MDM) Scheme some time back.
This was informed during a meeting convened by Advisor to LG, KK Sharma here today.
Principal Secretary, School Education, Dr Asgar Samoon, Mission Director MDM, Dr Arun Manhas and other senior officers participated in the meeting through video.
Pertinently, the 8.29 lakh eligible children were provided dry rations (rice) in view of COVID-19 Pandemic so that they could cook the same at their homes.
The amount released today would be credited into their bank accounts by the Chief Education Officers (CEOs) of their respective districts through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Out of the total released amount, Rs. 4.97 would be given to those belonging to primary classes per child per day and Rs 7.45 per child per day to those belonging to upper primary as cooking cost.
Dr. Arun Manhas informed the Advisor that since the lockdown imposed due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Department in league with Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has distributed dry ration (Rice) under the scheme among more than eight lakh students in Jammu and Kashmir. He further informed that 4,42,768 students belonged to Jammu Division whereas 3,59,718 students were given dry ration in Kashmir Division. Besides, Bank Account details of the students were also obtained for transferring the cooking component amount of Midday Meal Scheme to these students through DBT Mode.
It is pertinent to mention here that Midday Meal Scheme is aimed at improving nutritional status of the children from classes First to Eighth studying in the Government schools besides encouraging the underprivileged children to attend the schools on regular basis.