Mumbai: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday urged the gram panchayat Sarpanches to launch an extensive awareness programme in local languages by roping in the folk dancers and performers on preventive measures to be taken to avoid Covid-19 infection and also on the treatment to avoid further spread. Thackeray told Sarpanches not to wait for the third Covid-19 wave to hit the state but start reaching out to the people with an appeal to join the 'corona-free village’ movement.
Thackeray held virtual interaction with Sarpanches from Vidarbha and Marathwada and explained the number of initiatives and measures already undertaken by the state government to combat the virus.
CM hailed the work done by the Sarpanches to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. ‘’Use social media extensively. By creating WhatsApp groups, you are exchanging information, creating awareness. This is really very admirable,’’ he noted.
Thackeray made a strong case of vaccination saying that it reduces the risk. He said the vaccination will be ramped up after the Centre provides more doses. He praised the work done by Sarpanch in the vaccination drive and urged them to encourage more and more villagers to get themselves inoculated.
The CM asked the Sarpanches to form teams based on human settlement in the villages and they should be made responsible to take care of health of people from those areas.
Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif said the government has already announced corona-free village competition adding that the government has upgraded health facilities from the funds received from 14th and 15th Finance Commissions.