Covid-19 situation serious in Mumbai, Kolkata, other cities; govt forms central teams | India News

NEW DELHI: Adopting a tough approach towards large-scale violations of MHA lockdown guidelines in Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Kolkata and other places in West Bengal, the home ministry has constituted six inter-ministerial central teams (IMCTs) to visit these areas for an on-spot assessment of the situation, issue necessary directions to the state authorities for redressal and submit a report to the Central government in the interest of the general public.
“Situation is specially serious in Indore (MP), Mumbai and Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Kolkata, Howrah, Medinipur East, 24 Parganas North, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri in West Bengal,” the home ministry said in a press release on Monday. The violations of the lockdown measures, it elaborated, include incidents of violence against frontline healthcare professionals; complete violation of social distancing norms outside banks, PDS shops etc and in market places; and movement of private and commercial vehicles with passengers in urban areas.
While two IMCTs each will visit hotspots in West Bengal and Maharashtra, one team each has been deputed to make an assessment in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Each team will comprise 5 members and shall be led by an additional secretary-level officer.
The home ministry said the IMCTs will commence these visits at the earliest and no later than 3 days after April 19, the date of issue of its order. The duration of the visit will be decided by the team leader after assessing the ground level situation.
The teams shall focus on complaints of implementation of lockdown measures as per guidelines, supply of essential commodities, social distancing, preparedness of health infrastructure, safety of health professionals and conditions of the relief camps for labour and poor people. They will also the sample statistics in the district, safety of health professionals, availability of test kits, PPEs, masks and other safety equipment.
Pointing to the large-scale violations in the districts of concern — Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra; Jaipur in Rajasthan; Indore in Madhya Pradesh; and Kolkata, Howrah, 24 Parganas, Medinipur, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong in West Bengal, the home ministry said that if the incidents of violations are allowed to occur without any restraining measures in hotspot districts or emerging hotspots or even places where large outbreaks or clusters may be expected, they would pose a serious health hazard, both for the population of these districts and for that living in other areas of the country. “After analysing the prevalence of such violations in major hotspot districts, it is clear to the Central Government that the situation is especially serious in the above mentioned areas and expertise of the Centre needs to be used,” the ministry said in a release.
The Committees have been constituted by the Centre in exercise of the powers, conferred by provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005. While the MHA guidelines issued on April 15 under the Disaster a management Act require states/UTs to be strictly implement them without any dilution, the Supreme Court too had on March 31 observed that “we trust and expect that all concerned viz. State Governments, Public Authorities and Citizens of this country will faithfully comply with the directives and orders issued by the Union of India in letter and spirit in the interest of public safety”.
The ministry of civil aviation will provide for air transportation of the IMCT members while the respective state governments will provide logistic support for the team’s accommodation (lodging and boarding), transportation, PPEs and extend all cooperation to the teams for their visits to local areas and production of documents/records as requested.
The IMCTs will include representatives from NDMA, health ministry, agriculture ministry, department of financial services, power ministry, defence ministry HRD, department of Consumer affairs, AIIMS, department of food and public distribution, food processing ministry as well as public health experts.

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