Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar on Friday said that sarpanchas and municipal chairpersons of Salcete taluka have been told how important their role is in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Goa and, therefore, they all urged to cooperate with the district administration to help contain the spread of the dreaded virus.
Kavlekar along with WRD Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues heard views of all the 33 sarpanchas, municipal chairpersons of Margao and Cuncolim on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, during a special meeting held on Friday at the South Goa Collectorate building. Views of officials from the district administration and doctors from various primary health centres and community health centre were also heard.
“The meeting was held to build a connect with the panchayats and health to the district administration. We heard views of sarpanchas. Most of them gave valuable suggestions in tackling the COVID-19 and we have noted them down. Sarpanchas were told how to take precautions in monitoring the home quarantined persons. Primary health centres have also been directed to pass on information regarding COVID positive persons to the sarpanchas immediately for better monitoring purpose,” Kavlekar said, while briefing the media after the meeting.
He said that sarpanchas and the health authorities are told to form WhatsApp groups for better communication.
Kavlekar when asked as to why the legislators of Salcete were not called for the earlier meeting, he said they were not deliberately left out.
“A separate meeting will be held soon with the Salcete legislators for a detailed discussion,” he said.
He, however, said that all the legislators are doing their best in assisting their constituents during the present times.
WRD Minister Rodrigues said that sarpanchas have been empowered and urged to
cooperate with the authorities in collectively fighting the rising COVID cases in Goa.
Meanwhile, with no protocols in place to tackle corona cases in villages, Salcete sarpanchas raised questions, asking when there is no protocol in place on handling corona cases and if a panchayat wants to implement lockdown it is termed illegal.
They asked the government to come out with proper guidelines and which should have been done three months ago.