Pune: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday urged all elected representatives to work together in coordination with the district administration and to act as a bridge between the government and common citizens. Thackeray also said that the recent lockdown imposed in the city was not for buying time, but for building jumbo hospital facilities for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
CM Thackeray along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar held a review meeting with all MLAs and MPs of Pune District about the precautionary measures being implemented in the region to curb the spread of coronavirus. Member of Parliament Girish Bapat, Vandana Chavan, Shrirang Barne, Member of Legislative Assembly Aditya Thackeray, Dilip Walse-Patil, Dattatray Bharane, Amol Kolhe, Chandrakant Patil and several others attended the meeting.
Thackeray said, “No vaccine has been developed for Covid-19 so far and hence to reduce the number of total cases and the death rate in the district, all elected representatives should work along with the administration and support the decisions of the government taken in the larger public interest. We have set up a task force at district levels and those will help in establishing coordination between various agencies engaged in the battle against Covid-19.”
“We have requested the central government to provide ventilators, PPE kits and N95 masks after September 1 also. All MPs and MLAs should also place a request at their levels to the central government to provide these items to the state,” Thackeray added.
Commenting on the 10-day strict lockdown recently imposed in city and district areas, Thackeray said, “Lockdown is being eased in areas depending on the total number of COVID-19 cases reported from those areas, while in the containment zones lockdown is being implemented strictly. Lockdown was imposed in July since the number of cases had shot up. We have learnt from the experiences of other states in the country and hence this decision was taken. Lockdown was not imposed to buy time, but it was utilised to create jumbo hospital facilities.”