Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut asking the two-wheeler rider what makes her to come out of home? Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police and others look on. (Pic by Anil Futane)
Principal Correspondent :
With implementation of lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus, Nagpur wore a deserted look. There is hardly any VIP movement visible in the city. People got bored and shopowners too are not very happy because of less number of visitors. But on Wednesday, on Nagpur’s street everybody witnessed the movement of convoy of Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut who reviewed the situation. He not only took stock of the lockdown but also met small vendors in market places, talked to people, enquired about them, encouraged them and wished them Gudhi Padwa.
The visit of Dr Raut gave solace to the people. Dr Raut was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Commissioner Abhijit Bangar, Superintendent of Police (rural) Rakesh Ola and others. During his round, the convoy of Dr Raut stopped at several places. Dr Raut wearing mask got down from the car asked citizens whether they were moving unnecessary or had some work? He had conversation with people running grocery shop, vegetables, fruits stalls. He also asked them whether they were facing any problems.
He noticed the people staying under Shahid Gowari flyover and asked officials to take care of them, provide them food. Dr Raut told ‘The Hitavada’, “I have instructed officials to see to it that the supply of essential services like distribution of grocery, milk, vegetables, fruits, medicines should not hamper. Officials are asked to take stern action against those involved in hoarding of goods, black-marketing.” “People should not be panic as there will be no scarcity of essential items, services, health services. Citizens should not make rush in the shops, at petrol pumps. I applaud the work of district administration. At Government level everything is being done in a smooth manner.
People should have patience and support Government,” appealed Dr Raut. Dr Raut went through Samvidhan square, Automotive Square, Kalamna market, Pardi naka, Wardhman Nagar, Telephone exchange square, Gandhibag, Sarafa Line, Tinnal chowk, Golibar chowk, Timki Bazar, Mominpura, Geetanjali chowk, Mayo Hospital, railway station, Manas chowk, Sitabuldi, Variety chowk, Jhansi Rani square, Rahate colony, Chhatrapati chowk, Jaiprakash Nagar, Khamla chowk, Jaitala, Mangalmurty chowk, Subhash Nagar, Mate chowk, Abhyankar chowk, VNIT square, Bajaj Nagar, Shankar Nagar square, Laxmi Bhuvan square, Dharampeth, Civil Lines.