Tackling rising Covid cases dominates F&CC meeting of Amritsar MC

City divided into five zones for treatment of positive patients

Tackling rising Covid cases dominates F&CC meeting of Amritsar MC

A meeting of the Municipal Corporation’s Finance and Contract Committee meeting in progress in Amritsar on Friday. Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 5

A meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of Municipal Corporation Amritsar was held under the chairmanship of Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu here on Friday.

In the meeting, discussions were held to check the rising number of Covid-19 cases, especially in Amritsar. Several resolutions included all the employees of the MC, members of the House, their families and any other needy persons who required the treatment for Covid-19. The Municipal Corporation empanelled some private hospitals (to be able to treat Covid-19 cases and fixed the rates as per the Central Government Health Scheme).

The meeting decided to divide the entire city into five zones for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. Every zone would get Rs 30 lakh for the treatment of patients as per CGHS rates after the approval of a sub-committee. They approved a total expenditure of Rs 1.50 crore for this.

In another resolution, the city was divided into five zones for large-scale random testing to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city of Amritsar. As per the instructions of the government, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method was adopted by the MC for random testing. The approval was given to conduct the e-tendering process at the rate of Rs 40 lakh per zone and expedite the work in a timely manner. Members of the Finance and Contracts Committee gave their approval to spend Rs 2 crore for this work.

Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu stated that following the commendable work done by the Police Department against the Covid-19 pandemic, as per the demand made by the Commissioner of Police, the police personnel were provided face masks, thermal scanners, gloves, face sheets, PPE kits and hand sanitisers. An expenditure of Rs 5 lakh for these items was also approved by the members of the committee.

Besides, approval was given in anticipation of the House’s prior approval to extend the period of exemption of late fee for submission of licence fee and conservancy charges during the year 2020-21 till 30-9-2020.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Soni, Lok Sabha MP Gurjit Singh Aujla, MLA Dr Raj Kumar Verka, MLA Sunil Dutti, MLA Inderbir Singh Bularia, Amritsar Improvement Trust Chairman Dinesh Bassi, OSD to Chief Minister (Punjab) Sandeep Singh Bawa Sandhu as a special invitee. MC Commissioner Komal Mittal, Additional Commissioner Sandeep Rishi, Senior Deputy Mayor Raman Bakshi, Deputy Mayor Younis Kumar and Ward No.19 councillor Gurjeet Kaur were also present.

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