SRINAGAR, May 15: The Srinagar district administration today launched a two-week-long training programme for service providers to sensitise them about precautions that need following for personal safety, production and distribution of food items, products and service delivery.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary launched the first module of the training programme designed for more than 500 workers of around 180 bakeries in Srinagar city.
Experts and senior officers from concerned were present in programme and sensitised the participants about their respective fields and the need to follow all relevant guidelines and precautions in order to ensure containment of spread of coronavirus infection while going about their business.
Speaking on the occasion the DC said the existence of coronavirus pandemic is a reality and that people will have to learn to live with it adding that following all precautions as due is crucial though.
He said this training program which is one of a series of such programmes the the district administration has designed and will be conducted during the next month or so is aimed sensitising the people about precautions and the need to follow them. He said all main services providers will be trained about precautions, hygiene, social distancing and other notified protocols during the programmes.
It is notable that the bakery sector has been chosen for opening in view of the upcoming Eid festival. The sector follows Parimpora Mandi where 100% testing was done and is now slated for expansion vis-a-vis distribution network in the city.
During the training programme the stakeholders were sensitised about the need to adopt safety procedures and follow advisories issued in this regard. It was informed that bakers will be tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to proceed.
It should be noted that for Eid festival respective bakers will home-deliver required items to consumers in their jurisdictions adding that operation of bakeries will be strictly conducted in a professional, safe and hygienic framewok. Bakers have been instructed to only sell packed products and to avoid loose bakery items.
D Shahid urged the general public to adhere to social distancing norms and personal hygiene as a part of routine to be adopted to survive the pandemic.
Experts and senior officers from concerned also spoke on the occasion sensitising the participants during the training programme.
Community Medicine and Public Health experts Dr Saleem Khan and Dr Rabbani Tariq delivered a lecture on module on precautions to be adopted during production and manufacturing of items, safety and hygiene, packaging, dispatch and distribution.
Additional Deputy Commissioners Sajjad Qadri and Fayaz Parra who were also present on the occasion spoke on administrative farmework, support system, monitoring, quality checks, packaging and pricing.