Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Chief Secretary issues various directives to be implemented in A&N Islands for a period of 21 days


NDMA directs Ministries/ Departments of GoI, State/ Union Territory
Governments and State/ Union Territory Authorities to take effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Port Blair, Mar 25: In exercise of the powers under Section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued an Order directing the Ministries/ Departments of Government of India, State/ Union Territory Governments and State/ Union Territory Authorities to take effective measures so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country which has already been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Experts, keeping in view the global experiences of countries which have been successful in containing the spread of COVID-19 unlike some others where thousands of people died have recommended that effective measures for social distancing should be taken to contain the spread of this pandemic.  
Consequent upon this, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi has ordered that the following directions will be applicable throughout the State with immediate effect from 25th March, 2020 for a period of 21 days. The directions to be implemented are:
·        Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/ Subordinate Offices and Public Corporations shall remain closed.          Exceptions: Defence, Central Armed Police Forces, Treasury, public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), Disaster Management, Power generation and transmission units, Post Offices, National Informatics Centre, Laboratories, Early Warning Agencies.
·        Offices of the A & N Administration, its Autonomous Bodies, Corporations, etc. shall remain closed.
 Exceptions: Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency services, Disaster Management and Prisons, District Administration and Treasury, Electricity, Water And Sanitation, Municipal / Local bodies - only staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply etc., Health. Transport, Shipping, ANIIDCO (only essential services).
     The offices mentioned above shall work with minimum number of employees. All other offices may continue to work-from-home only as per the guidelines and instructions of the Department of General Administration, A&N Administration.
·        Government Hospitals and all related government medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, such as dispensaries, chemists and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulances, etc. shall continue to remain functional. The transportation of all government medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, other hospital support services shall be permitted. All private hospitals and private clinics shall be shut down.
 Exceptions: In-patient wards catering to the patients already admitted shall remain functional with the required bare minimum staff.
·        All commercial and private establishments, including all construction works, shall be closed down.
Exception: Banks and ATMs - only staff required for essential services shall be utilized and as far as possible, to work from home, print and electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT-enabled services only (for essential services) and as far as possible, to work from home, delivery of all essential goods, including food/ ration items, LPG cylinders, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, ANIIDCO Petrol Pumps, APWD Fuel Bunks, EHL pumps in Nicobars, Sherryl Auto (Fuel Station) Nimbutala (N&MA district), cold storage and warehousing services,  private security services.
·        Industrial Establishments shall remain closed.
Exceptions:  Manufacturing units of essential commodities, production units, which require continuous process, after obtaining required permission from the District Administration.
·        All transport-services - air, road and waterways - shall remain suspended.
Exceptions: Transportation for essential goods only, including water tankers, Fire, law and order and emergency services, movement of airport and airline staff and crew for maintaining specific minimum facilities/ services, public transport with a maximum of 15 persons in a bus, ferry services to ferry passengers at 50% capacity, these will transport staff on duty only/ engaged in essential services/exempted activities, Helicopter/ Dornier service for emergency cases only, Government vehicles assigned to Departmental Secretaries/ HoDs,   Government/ private vehicles attached with the District Administration, Ambulances, operational vehicles of the Health Department, Hearse vehicles, Sanitation and Conservancy vehicles, any other vehicles allowed by the A&N Administration.
·        Hospitality services to remain suspended.
 Exceptions: Establishments used for quarantine facilities, at the time of actual use only.
·        All educational, training, research, coaching and tuition classes etc. shall remain closed.
·        All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exception.
·        All social/ political/ sports/, entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ gatherings shall be barred.
·        In case of funerals, congregation of not more than twenty persons shall be permitted. These shall strictly follow the norms of social distancing of maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter from each other, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
·        All persons who have arrived into India after 15.02.2020 and all such persons who have been directed by the health care personnel, to remain under strict home/ institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local Health Authorities, failing which they will be liable to legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC.
·        Wherever exceptions to above containment measures have been allowed, the organizations/ employers must ensure necessary precautions against COVID-19 virus, as well as social distance measures, as advised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India from time to time.
·        In order to implement these containment measures, the District Magistrates will deploy Executive Magistrates who will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their respective jurisdictions. All other line department officials in the specified area will work under the directions of such Executive Magistrates. The A&N Administration will authorize specific Officers to issue passes for enabling essential movements as explained. The passes for the Executive Magistrates and Officers   under   the   District   Administration   shall   be   issued   by   the   Deputy Commissioners.
·        All enforcing authorities to note that these, strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods.
·        The District Magistrates will in particular ensure that all efforts for mobilization of resources, workers and material for augmentation and expansion of hospital infrastructure shall continue without any hindrance.
·        To reach out to the public and to receive information/ feedback from them, the A&N Administration has setup Control Rooms with the following contact numbers:-

Sl.
No
Department
Contact No. Of Control Room
In- charge of control room with contact No.
Second Supervisory officer
Next higher Authority
Remarks
1.
Disaster Management / District Control Room
240126/
1077, 1070
TKS Ajyan, AD (Ops), ANI
Mobile No.
9434280357
Shri. Omkar Singh, DHS
Mobile No.
9476078444
Smti. KritiGarg, IAS
Secretary(Health)
Mobile No.
8900910321
24/7
2.
ERSS Control Room
112
Shri. K.P Abdul Aziz,
Sub Inspector
Mobile No.
9531802354
Shri. C.Manoj, IPS
SP (S/A)
9434288536

Shri. Vijay Singh IPS, DIG
Mob. No. 9531856174

24/7
3.
Police Control Room
100
Smti. KavitaKirtonia, Inspector
Mobile No.
9476082332
Shri. C.Manoj, IPS
SP (S/A)
9434288536

Shri. Vijay Singh IPS, DIG
Mob. No. 9531856174
24/7
4.
Traffic Control Room
243812
Smti. Santi Arjun, Inspector
Mobile No.
9474222800
Shri.Anant Mittal, IPS
SP
8900910418
Shri. Vijay Singh IPS, DIG
Mob. No. 9531856174
24/7
5.
Ambulance Control Room/ Main Control Room of Health Department including availability of medicine
102
Dr. Sunil Kumar, DD (family Welfare)
Mobile No.
9933279669

Shri. Omkar Singh, DHS
Mobile No.
9476078444
Smti. KritiGarg, IAS
Secretary(Health)
Mobile No.
8900910321


24/7
6.
Water Supply/PBMC Control Room
245798
Shri. Ashok Anand, A.O
Mobile No.
9933219260

Shri. SuneelAnchipaka, IAS
Secretary (PBMC)

Off. No.232576
Mobile No.9434282277

Dr.VCandavelou, IAS
Comm-cum-Secretary

Mobile No.
8056622722
6 am to 6 pm

5 Tankers

All demands are sent to J.E for disposal/decision
7.
Civil Supply
18003453197/
230337/
234062
Shri. Anish Chatterjee Asst. Director (Enfrocement)
Mobile
9476000005
Smti. Anjali Sherawat, Secretary (CS)

Mobile No.
8900918001

Shri. Sudhir Mahajan, IAS, Secretary
Off. No.232623
Mobile No9811268681
6 am to 6 pm.
8.
Electricity
235250
SurijitChoudhary, Asst. Engineer
Mobile No.
9434270676

Shri. Karunajoydhar, Executive Engineer

Mobile No.
9434262900
Shri. Sudhir Mahajan, Secretary (Power)
Off. No.232623
Mobile No9811268681
24/7
9.
Transport
231216
Shri. Biju Samuel, Asst. Director
Mobile No.
9434260316

Shri. Navlendra Kumar Singh, Director (Transport)
Mobile No. 9434288242

Smti. Nikita Pawar, Secretary (Transport)
Mobile No.
8510890851
6 am to 6 pm.
10
Labour Department
9434270182
Shri Madhu Sudan Vaidya
Labour commissioner
Sh Krishan Kumar Secretary
Labour
9474211400
Dr.VCandavelou, IAS
Comm-cum-Secretary
Mobile No.
8056622722
6 am to 6 pm

·        Any person violating these containment measures will be liable to proceeded against as per the provisions of Sections 51 & 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC.

The above containment measures will remain in force, in all parts of the A&N Islands, for a period of 21 days with effect from 25.03.2020, the order to this effect issued by the Chief Secretary added.



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