Assam CM Sonowal in Dima Hasao
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visiting Haflong Civil Hospital including its isolation ward on Saturday.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday asked the Dima Hasao deputy commissioner and superintendent of police to keep strict vigil to ensure complete compliance of lockdown norms in the district.

The 21-day lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from March 24 midnight as a preventive measure to contain the spread of COVID19.

Assam chief minister Sonowal on Saturday visited Haflong in Dima Hasao district to take stock of the preparedness of the district administration to fight against COVID19.

The Assam chief minister visited the Haflong Civil Hospital and held a review meeting with senior officials of the district.

While attending the review meeting at the district Circuit House, chief minister Sonowal directed the district administration to maintain an uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to people in view of the ongoing lockdown.

The Dima Hasao DC informed chief minister Sonowal about the emergency services pressed into operation apart from measures taken to ensure the supply of essential goods to people and the number of people who are put under quarantine in the district.

MLA Birbhadra Hagjer, CEM of NCHAC Debolal Garlosa, EM in charge of health Samuel Changsan, EM in charge of food and civil supplies N Hmar, EM in charge of education N Garlosa, DC Amitabh Rajkhowa, SP Bir Bikram Gogoi and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

Later the Assam chief minister also interacted with the media and informed that the state is fighting with united effort against COVID19.

He said the people of Assam have extended full support to the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and adhered to its norms with discipline and resoluteness maintaining social distance.

Sonowal also appealed to the people to maintain the same spirit for the coming days.

Chief minister Sonowal also appreciated the people of Dima Hasao for ensuring successful compliance of lockdown norms in the district.

He also praised the role of the officials of health, police, food & civil supplies, transport and power department who are working day and night to ease out the trouble times.

Further saying that already several positive cases have been detected in Assam, the chief minister urged people not to panic and continue the fight against COVID19 with positive outlook and discipline.

He also expressed hope that successful compliance of the lockdown till April 14 would significantly help in minimising infection from this dreaded disease.

Sonowal also informed the media that all measures taken by the district administration and NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) have been reviewed and necessary directions have been given to ensure availability of pure drinking water and essential goods.

The chief minister also thanked the media’s role in the fight against COVID19.

Pankaj Kr Deb

Pankaj Kumar Deb is Northeast Now Correspondent in Haflong. He can be reached at: pankajhaflong@gmail.com