Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that the state government has written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah urging them to work out a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to bring back Goans who are stranded in other countries.
Addressing media persons through Facebook live conference, Sawant told reporters that after successful SOP drawn for the crew members onboard different ships, he has requested the Prime Minister and Home Minister to draw similar guidelines for the Goans who are working abroad and want to return back.
“I have urged the PM to finalise SOP as soon as possible. Those who want to return back would be allowed to do so,” he said.
Similarly, the Chief Minister said that the Goan students who are stranded in other states in the country would also be allowed to return back after they obtain proper permission from the respective district collectors of the place where they are currently stationed.
“The government will handle their matter on a case-to-case basis. These students will be kept in institutional quarantine facility for 14 days once they reach Goa,” he added.
Sawant further said that the state does not have any COVID-19 active case, and added that a total of 1,500 different tests are conducted on suspected persons.
The Chief Minister also said that that standalone shops, neighborhood shops in rural areas and shops that are located in housing complexes in urban areas will be allowed to open.
“However, shops located in market complexes and malls will continue to remain closed. Goa Epidemic Act, and Section 144 of CrPC is already in forced in the state. Thus saloons, beauty parlours, gyms, casinos etc cannot be allowed to be opened,” he clarified.
Sawant also urged people not to wear surgical masks and instead use cloth face covers.
“Surgical mask need to be disposed of under certain process which would not be followed by the common man. So, I appeal everyone to wear cloth masks. Pharmacies should also stop selling surgical masks,” he added.