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Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, Div Com calls for vaccination, testing services at religious places, markets

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Srinagar: Reviewing the arrangements for the ensuing Eid-ul-Azha festival, the Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today called for putting up vaccination and testing services at all religious places and markets across Kashmir.

The Div Com said that enforcement teams shall remain deployed at all marketplaces to ensure people follow the Covid SOPs including use of masks and social distancing religiously.

He said that teams shall be deployed for vaccination and testing at all religious places and markets including the sale counters of sacrificial animals to ensure Covid containment.

Pole also appealed the people that even though the positivity rate is on decline, they should maintain Covid -appropriate behaviour as a habit to remain safe from the virus.

The Div Com also directed all DCs of Kashmir to establish sale centers where people can purchase the sacrificial animals with proper COVID-19 protocols.

Stressing on rate regulation and availability of quality poultry, the Div Com instructed the concerned officials to constitute multi-departmental squads to conduct extensive market checking to prevent traders, dealers and shopkeepers from resorting to hoarding, overcharging, black marketing or sale of sub-standard items.

The Div Com emphasized on PDD and PHE to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity and drinking water across all districts during the festival days.

The DCs were asked to rope in religious leaders for COVID-19 SOPs’, IEC activities to sensitize people about the importance of following laid down guidelines and precautions to control the disease effectively.

Police authorities were instructed to ensure proper security arrangements and prevent the public from resorting to any sort of violation during the festival days.

Pole emphasized on free movement of nomads and trucks carrying sacrificial animals through Mughal and Sinthan roads besides vaccination and said testing booths be set up on both roads for all incoming travellers.

Stressing on cleanliness and sanitation, Commissioner SMC Srinagar was directed to ensure regular lifting of garbage and waste material and maintenance of proper sanitation around religious and market places.

Among others, the meeting was attended by DC Srinagar, RTO Kashmir, Chief Engineers, PHE, R&B, Directors of Health Services, FCS&CA and Sheep Husbandry, SSP Traffic, SP Headquarter Srinagar, CEO, Waqf Board and others.

IGP Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of all districts of Kashmir also attended the meeting through video conferencing.

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