Covid 19: Process of securing permissions regarding movement of essential commodities simplified: DC Ludhiana

Dedicated officials deputed for issuing necessary permissions

Covid 19: Process of securing permissions regarding movement of essential commodities simplified: DC Ludhiana

Ludhiana: In view of the ongoing lockdown, the District Administration today simplified the process of securing permissions regarding the movement of essential commodities in the district. Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that dedicated officials from different departments have been deputed to issue necessary permissions to citizens so that the permissions can be granted in lesser time. He informed this while chairing a meeting in this regard at Bachat Bhawan, here today.

He further stated that residents will have to apply with District Food Supply Controller (DFSC) for permissions regarding food, groceries, transportation of food grains and food items, fresh food, Mandi labour etc, with Secretary Regional Transport Authority for permission related to buses, autos, taxis, requisition of vehicles by District Administration etc, with Chief Agriculture Officer for permissions regarding potato farming, cold storage, farmers and harvesting related movements, with General Manager District Industries Centre for permissions related to industries, payment to industry labour, industry related to manufacturing items for COVID 19 control preparations, permission of food processing units and industry related to essential commodities.

The Zonal Licensing Authority (Drugs), Civil Surgeon Office, would give permissions related to medicines, pharmaceutical, supply of medicines etc, Deputy Director Animal Husbandry would give permissions for poultry, fodder, animal related issues, Deputy Director Dairy regarding uninterrupted supply of milk, District Mandi Officer regarding Mandis and purchase centres, arhtiyas, fruits and vegetables etc, Municipal Corporation Ludhiana for street venders/rehris, Additional Commissioner Municipal Corporation for home delivery chains of district Ludhiana. Mr Agrawal said that for any other permission regarding individual emergency cases, permissions can be taken from respective Additional District Magistrate, SDM, DSP and Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal further stated that 52 samples of suspected patients have been taken in the district till now, out of which report of 43 is negative, one is positive, while report of seven is awaited. Last evening, sample of another Jalandhar-based patient has been found to be positive in preliminary testing and his sample has been sent to the laboratory for further testing.

He informed that to ensure that the entire process goes on uninterrupted, a 24X7 “war room” has been set up by the District Administration Ludhiana, where the senior officials would oversee the process related to permissions and complaints. He informed that several NGOs or social organisations are coming forward in this hour of need. He said that if any other organisation/persons also wants to donate or contribute, they should contact Secretary, District Red Cross Society, Ludhiana. If any volunteer wants to contribute, they can contact Dr Rishipal Singh, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana.