Chief secy says lockdown to be strictly enforced Ensure essentials supply during lockdown: Raja

Staff Reporter

Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat has directed the authorities concerned to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential items during the lockdown, saying that the supply chain should not be affected in any way.

He gave this direction while presiding over a high-level meeting at Civil Secretariat here on Friday.

Punjab Chief Secretary Jawwad Malik, Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), secretaries of relevant departments including health, industries, agriculture, and food, Commissioner Lahore Division, CCPO Lahore and senior civil and military officials attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the situation caused by corona pandemic, provision of medical facilities in hospitals, and steps to maintain uninterrupted supply of essential items during the lockdown.

Addressing the meeting, Punjab Minister Raja Basharat said that a comprehensive plan must be evolved for supply chain management during lockdown.

He maintained that non-implementation of SOPs has led to increase in the corona cases, urging people to cooperate with administration in efforts to contain the spread of virus.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief secretary said that the lockdown would be strictly enforced and in case of violation, action would be taken as per law.

He directed the Healthcare Commission to monitor the treatment of corona patients in private hospitals.

The chief secretary also issued instructions to ensure that logistics for the supply of essential commodities and courier services operate unhindered.

The meeting also decided to present recommendations to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) to exempt export-oriented and agricultural-related industries from the lockdown being enforced from May 8 to 16.

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