Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said all cities in the state should set up ‘corona vigilance committees’, to involve participation of citizens in the fight against COVID-19 and help the local administration in monitoring the ground situation.
Speaking to commissioners of various municipal bodies in Thane district through video-conferencing, Thackeray said despite repeated directives for setting up jumbo facilities to fight COVID-19 in the district, the local administration did not function as per the expectations.
The Thane district adjoining Mumbai has seen a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“The war against COVID-19 cannot be fought by government alone, without the involvement of citizens. During the freedom movement, the determination to achieve independence got a boost due to the involvement of people. Recently, people on their own decided to boycott Chinese goods and sent across a message,” he said.
Thackeray said the civic administration should involve citizens also in the war against COVID-19, he said.
“Corona vigilance committees should be set up in cities. The war against COVID-19 is not the fight of government alone. Involve citizens, social service organisations, youth in the corona vigilance committees,” the chief minister said.
“They can keep a watch on other ailments of senior citizens, their oxygen levels, cleanliness in their areas, ailments suffered by people in the neighbourhood, whether mandatory use of mask is being followed,” he said.