COVID-19 pandemic

Chandigarh directs schools to start online teaching

GMSH, GMCH to start consultation through video call from today

Chandigarh directs schools to start online teaching

People buy vegetables and fruits on the PGI premises on Friday. Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3

For effective management of time, directions have been given to all government and private schools to start online classes for students who are stranded at home due to the curfew.

VP Singh Badnore, Administrator, UT, directed the officials concerned to implement the same in letter and spirit.

The Administrator issued the directions during a daily review meeting with Adviser Manoj Parida and other senior officials held at the UT Secretariat.

The Adviser informed the Administrator that the facility of medical consultation over video call and telemedicine would be started from tomorrow in both GMSH-16 and GMCH-32. The details of the names of doctors, their disciplines and timings will be given to the public through media.

Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar said 53,047 cooked food packets have been distributed among the destitute in various parts of the city. The Administrator thanked nearly 50 NGOs, charitable organisations, gurdwara committees and temples that have contributed in serving cooked food packets.

KK Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said the distribution of vegetables and fruits in various sectors has been going on smoothly. In addition to the rates for vegetables being displayed, the range of rates for fruits will also be indicated on the CTU buses from tomorrow. He said all carriers of home delivery have been provided with necessary passes to deliver groceries and vegetables on the doorsteps.

He mentioned that gaushalas, both run by MC, and otherwise are being provided adequate fodders for the cattle. Similarly, the dedicated work volunteers have been nominated for feeding the stray dogs at the designated points.

The Administrator appreciated the efforts of KK Yadav for streamlining the processes in wholesale market in Sector 26 by introducing odd/even number rotation and maintaining social distancing.

Finance Secretary AK Sinha said all arrangements for residents to withdraw money and salary from various branches had been tied up. Similarly, mobile ATMs are being deployed regularly and its route chart is being informed to the public every day. He said residents can avail of the facility of post offices to withdraw money from accounts in any bank.

Manoj Parida, Adviser, said initially, there were problems in cremation of Covid infected. Subsequently, the matter has been sorted out and manpower arranged and trained for cremation in a scientific manner, as per the protocol laid down by the Central Government.

The Adviser also thanked Mayor Raj Bala Malik for having consented and providing sanitary napkins to be distributed among the residents in periphery villages and colonies. He told Badnore that all complaints are being attended on a priority. A professional counsellor has been deputed to counsel the stranded migrant labourer in Maloya, so that they do not suffer from stress or anxiety.

VP Singh Badnore appealed to the people to cooperate with the Administration in successfully implementing the curfew and to stay indoors.

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