Panjim: A meeting of State Executive Committee (SEC) under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Parimal Rai was held at Altinho in the city on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Science and Technology, Puneet Goel, Secretary, Transport, S K Bhandari and Secretary Revenue, Member Secretary, SEC and SDMA Sanjay Kumar.
Secretary Health informed that no new Covid-19 case has been detected after April 3, 2020. As on date, Goa has seven positive cases of Covid-19, out of which five patients have recovered and have been shifted to a quarantine facility outside. All tests done during the 24 hours on SARI/ILI patients for Covid were negative. The SEC noted with caution that Goa had not yet faced any community transmission.
The SEC directed that all the permissions or travel permits etc issued by Collectors or any other delegated agencies including Pharma companies and others engaged in essential services as per MHA Guidelines issued from time to time under Disaster Management Act, 2005, would automatically stand extended till May 3, 2020. with the same terms and conditions.
Many health care services are being provided by private establishments. To facilitate these services, the SEC decided to permit these healthcare workers to use the KTC buses being run for the Government staff. They will be permitted to use the bus facility on the production of valid Photo Identity Cards.
Secretary, GAD, was directed to issue necessary directions for functioning and maintenance of essential services during the extended lockdown period, and ensure availability of senior officers with skeletal staff in various offices for smooth Govt functioning.
Secretary, Health, informed that seven more RMDs have started functioning and six Sub-centres have been opened. The department was planning to open all the 219 Sub-centres by the weekend.
The SEC reviewed the progress on the House-to-House survey on the second-day of the survey. As informed to the SEC, upto 1930 hours of April 14, 2020, about 3.98 lakh survey entries were made. The SEC was informed that the Functional Managers of GIDC are undertaking this survey in the industrial estates.
Secretary, Agriculture, informed that permits were being issued for all personnel or labourers involved in agriculture activities, in view of the harvesting and sowing season for the next crop, under the authority of the Director Agriculture. The SEC also asked the Secretary to ensure collection of horticulture produce directly from the farmers, through the Goa Horticulture Corporation.
District Observers informed that supply of essential goods was normal. However, they received information about the shortage of Rava at some places. Also, the prices of the essential goods have come down as compared to the recent high, due to sufficient availability of items in the market.