Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday appealed to followers of Islam to offer Namaz during the Ramadan month at their homes in the wake of COVID19 lockdown adhering to social distancing norms.

Sonowal said adequate steps have been taken to ensure the supply of fruits during the month of Ramadan.

Sonowal on Tuesday directed the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to hold review meetings with ministers-in-charge of the respective districts on the implementation of lockdown guidelines and maintenance of social distancing norms once every three days.

The chief minister issued this directive while taking stock of COVID19 preparedness of Kamrup Metropolitan district in a meeting held at the DC office of the district on Monday.

Observing that the state government received several complaints on anomalies on the distribution of essential commodities meant for poor families, Sonowal said all DCs were directed to take prompt action against all unscrupulous elements and ensure exemplary punishment for them.

He said the food & civil supply department has been instructed to maintain a close watch on the distribution of food items.

The chief minister fixed responsibility for the distribution of rice to poor families on the revenue circle officers.

He said they would have to ensure proper distribution of rice to targeted poor families involving gaon burhas, panchayat representatives and MLAs.

He also asked the agriculture department to carry out a survey of crops and other agricultural produces in the state and directed to ensure safe storage of the same during the lockdown period.

Sonowal directed the department to develop a mechanism for the collection and selling of products thus collected from farmers.

The CM said the district administration would have to ensure the safekeeping of all 1,230 stranded workers of other states sheltered in the district.

The chief minister directed the district administration and Guwahati Municipal Corporation to take adequate steps for generating awareness among people about social distancing and other precautionary manures against COVID19.

He also advised the administration to review activities that are to be urgently taken up for control of flash floods in the city.

Later talking to media persons, Sonowal said the state government initiated several steps in the second phase of lockdown in the state keeping in mind the greater interest of the people.

He said as per the direction of the central government, production and other activities have already been initiated in various sectors.

In Kamrup Metro district, 28,929 people were screened at LGBI Airport and 91,244 people screened at railway stations for COVID19 symptoms by the health department.

Currently, 1,939 people are under observation at home.

So far, 29,575 families received gratuitous relief in the district.

Besides, sanitization drive was carried out in 21 areas under GMC and 79 homeless persons were shifted to 4 shelter homes.

While 93 contacts were traced from Nizamuddin Markaz, 243 persons were kept in quarantine facilities at Sarusajai Stadium, Kalapahar TB Hospital, MMC Hospital, and Maligaon Railway Hospital.

Out of the samples tested for COVID19, 572 were found negative and only one positive case was found. The patient has been discharged from hospital after treatment.

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