Mapusa: Stating that the lockdown is not the solution for containing COVID-19, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Sunday, said that the people need to strictly follow the norms of social distancing and wearing of face mask in public places.
“The people who are not following the norms should go to jail for a day. Strict action needs to be taken. Police are asked to act tough against the offenders,” he said.
The Chief Minister was addressing the gathering after inaugurating a life-size statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mapusa.
The statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was unveiled at the hands of Chief Minister in the presence of Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza, Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo, and MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza at the Hutatma Chowk, Mapusa.
President of Rotary Club of Mapusa Sanjay Gawade, Mayur Salkar, Paresh Rao and others were also present.
As a part of CSR activity, the Rotary Club of Mapusa has installed a lifesize statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Hutmaka Chowk where earlier bust was installed.
The statue is of bronze, and weighs around 2500 kg, and is worth around Rs 40 lakh.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Sawant said that the statute of Shivaji Maharaja will help the younger generation to remember the contributions made by him.
Sawant further said that it is important for everyone to take care of themselves and their families by adopting precautionary measures.
“Government cannot keep everything closed as the lockdown is not a solution. It is very important that the people take precautionary measures,“ he added.
In a reply to a question as to whether any containment zone is required in Mapusa, Sawant said that “the government has declared those areas where COVID cases are shooting up, as done in Vasco, as containment zones. If required, Ganganagar may also be declared as a containment zone.”