Lucknow: With the successful implementation of the T3 strategy (trace, test and treatment) and aggressive vaccination under the guidance of the respected Prime Minister, Covid infection is under effective control in the state of Uttar Pradesh. To provide additional protection against the virus, ‘Amrit Dose’ (booster/precaution dose) of Covid-19 vaccine is being administered. It is great to learn that in the massive booster dose campaign organised on Sunday, more than 16.16 lakh people took the shot.
A state-wide special campaign should be run on every Sunday to provide booster doses to every resident of the state. Booster dose is completely free of cost in the state. Till now, more than 1.13 crore people have taken free booster doses. It is expected that under the 75-days campaign of ‘Amrit dose’, this will further gain momentum. Ensure that every eligible person must get their free booster dose. People should be made aware of the importance of booster doses and its vaccination centres.
Since July 20, there has been a surge in daily cases of infection in Uttar Pradesh. It is natural that the movement of people will increase during the upcoming festivals of Rakshabandhan and Janmashtami. In such a situation, it is necessary to take precautions. The positivity rate was recorded at 1.42% on August 7. At present the total number of active cases is 5440. In the last 24 hours, more than 53,000 Covid tests were done and 732 new coronavirus patients tested positive. In the same period, 288 people recovered from the infection. Use of public address systems should be increased for public awareness. People should be appealed not to go out in public places without a face mask. Genome sequencing to test for variants should be continued.
In view of the increasing cases of monkeypox infection in some parts of the country, special precautions should be taken in the state. According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Government of India, the general public should be made aware of the symptoms, treatment and prevention of monkeypox by giving correct and proper information. The State Level Health Advisory Committee should be consulted.
The payment of MGNREGA workers should be made to their bank accounts in a time bound manner. To ensure transparency, biometric verification of every MGNREGA worker should be done. A campaign should run to achieve 100 per cent biometric verification of workers.
Under the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, more than 5800 ‘Amrit Sarovars’ have been constructed in rural areas through public participation. On the special occasion of Independence Day, flag hoisting should be done at all Amrit Sarovars. Butler Lake in Lucknow should be beautified as Amrit Sarovar.
In order to achieve self-reliance in the energy sector, it is necessary to encourage non-conventional energy sources. Solar energy is a better option in this regard. Therefore, a new solar energy policy of the state should be prepared and presented by the Department of Energy and Renewable Energy as soon as possible. Those who are adopting solar power projects for their personal use should be encouraged.
Consumers should be encouraged to make timely payment of electricity bills. For this it is necessary that people get the accurate bills on time. Overbilling, false billing or late billing causes inconvenience to consumers. To improve this system, the Energy Department will have to make a concrete action plan to increase the billing and collection efficiency. Special efforts are needed in rural areas.
Recently, unfortunate incidents of loss of life and money due to high tension wires were reported. A concerted effort should be made for a permanent solution to this problem.