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CM wants grocery stores to remain open 24×7

Panaji/Margao: Stating that all wholesale and retail grocery shops must be open 24×7, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said that all vehicles carrying grocery and food items can move in the state without any problem.

The Chief Minister also said that Excise Commissioner Amit Satija has been appointed as a nodal officer to look after food and stay of foreign nationals and that he will be in touch with embassies of various countries whose citizens are stranded in Goa.

Sawant also said that a KTC bus has been serving as a food bus for the needy people during the lockdown period.

Meanwhile, the Goa State Horticulture Corporation’s 1200-odd outlets will be opened from March 30 onwards.

Chairman of the Corporation Pravin Zantye Sunday told this daily that people should not come out of their homes to buy vegetables from these outlets, as local MLAs, panchayat members and municipal councillors along with volunteers will deliver the required vegetables to the residents’ homes after receiving the orders.

A press statement issued by the government stated that the Corporation has procured vegetables like chillies, lady finger, bottle gourd and cluster beans from local farmers and these vegetables will be made available through the Corporation’s outlets throughout the state.  It further said that in addition to these vegetables, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and French beans too shall be made available from March 30 onwards.

Zantye said that the concerned MLAs, panchayat members, municipal councillors and volunteers must take orders from the residents and submit the same to the outlet operators. “Once an order is received, the operator will place the order with the Corporation following which the Corporation will supply vegetables as per the outlet’s requirement. Then, it will be the responsibility of the local MLA, panchayat members, councillors and volunteers to deliver the order at the doorstep of the concerned person,” he said.

The Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC), has in the meanwhile, announced that the Corporation is currently operating freight trains to allow transportation of critical essential items and requested those interested to contact the KRC. In a press statement issued, the KRC has said, “Running freight trains (24/7) to meet the requirement of essential items for the public throughout the country.” Transportation of critical items is going to be very important in the next few days to mitigate the effects of the lockdown.”

The KRC has said the special parcel train from KR section to various stations would be operating over Indian Railways network if the volume and demand persists. “The parcel train can carry essential commodities like medicines, medical equipment and other perishable items like fruits and vegetables,” the KRC said.

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