Last week, chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s cupboard determined to assign a minister and a senior IAS officer to every of the eight zones in Bengaluru, for higher administration of Covid-related work because the BBMP was discovering it troublesome to deal with the scenario with a surge in instances up to now three weeks. While the ministers are imagined to coordinate with totally different businesses and native elected representatives, IAS officers will monitor the every day progress within the scenario.
Some of the ministers and officers who’ve already held conferences to grasp the problems of their zones, stated they had been taking a decentralised method that finest suited their zone, based mostly on the Covid development within the space.
Primary and secondary training minister S Suresh Kumar, who’s answerable for Bommanahalli, stated his zone had a peculiar downside. “Bommanhalli shares its border with Tamil Nadu, hence challenges are multiple. We are working out a strategy to keep a tab on people who enter and exit the border,” he instructed ET.
Kumar stated his precedence additionally included dashing up testing. “At present, it takes 3-4 days to get the swab-sample report. By then, the person may have spread the infection to many,” he stated.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan, who’s answerable for Bengaluru West that has the best variety of Covid instances, finds “communication gap” as a serious problem in streamlining the system. “Although there are centralised call centres in Bengaluru for people to dial and seek help, I have realised that a grievance cell in the zone will be more effective. Many people have complained that their grievances are often not addressed. We need to fix this communication gap,” he stated.
Other priorities, he stated, included higher administration of therapy amenities and mattress allotment.
Officials who’re given cost of the zones are additionally making an attempt to streamline the system and are hoping that it might be in place by the point the one-week lockdown is lifted. “In a week’s time we will have a large number of people including those from booth-level committees, volunteers, sector officers, revenue officers who will do a range of work such as identifying ILI (influenza-like illness) and SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) cases, pushing them to test, contact tracing and enforcing quarantine. We are putting in place a well-organised system,” stated Munish Moudgil, the officer-in-charge of Bengaluru South.
R Vishal, who’s answerable for Rajarajeshwari Nagar, stated he together with the minister-in-charge had recognized managing micro-containment zones, implementing strict residence quarantine and establishing good ICU amenities because the speedy precedence. “People in containment zones have raised many issues like the supply of essentials, food and waste disposal. We will fix those issues,” he stated.