NEW DELHI, July 5: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today reviewed Jammu & Kashmir ‘Unlock 2.0’ situation with the administration and obtained a detailed district-wise feedback on the second day of the implementation of the latest guidelines in the Union Territory.
In a Webinar meeting lasting over one hour, Dr Jitendra Singh asked for the observations of each of the District Collectors/Deputy Commi-ssioners and took up issues specific to each of the respective districts.
During the interaction, administrative heads of different districts, including Jammu, Srinagar, Kathua, Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, etc. updated the Minister, based on their experience of two days of ‘Unlock 2.0’.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, just as earlier all of us had jointly educated the people about the ‘lockdown’ after it was announced on March 25 which led to its successful implementation, similarly now the responsibility is to jointly educate the people about ‘Unlock’ so that common people are voluntarily ready to observe the guidelines. He recalled that after the initial misgivings, people had understood the importance of early lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and they not only themselves observed it but also motivated others to observe it.
Dr Jitendra Singh hoped that gradual resumption of professional and economic activities would enable people to condition themselves to the discipline to be observed during the Unlock phase.
During the discussion, the issue of daily labourers and industrial workers commuting across the J&K-Punjab border also came up. For this, Dr Jitendra Singh also got Sunny Deol, the Member of Parliament representing the other side of Kathua-Punjab border to join the on-line discussion. It was decided that a feasible option will be worked out after due consultation between Deputy Commissioner of Kathua on J&K side and Deputy Commissioners of Pathankot and Gurdaspur on the Punjab side.
With regard to Poonch and Rajouri, the Minister was informed that the traffic on Mughal Road is officially closed and cases reporting positive are mostly coming from other districts or States. To this, the Minister advised that a close monitoring without being intimidating or interrupting needs to be done.
Dr Jitendra Singh also advised encouraging home delivery by motivating the market outlets and also giving awareness to the customers. For this purpose, he said, public awareness camps besides the social media handles could be of help.