President asks Governors, LGs to mobilise voluntary, religious organisations
   Date :28-Mar-2020

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind
 
 
 
PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Friday asked Governors and Lt Governors of States and Union Territories to mobilise voluntary and religious organisations to aid the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Rashtrapati Bhawan said.
In a video-conference with the Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of States and UTs, the President and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who also attended the conference, asked them to find ways to complement the efforts of the Central and State Governments in meeting the challenges arising from the outbreak of COVID-19.
President Kovind and Vice President Naidu expressed hope that the Indian society’s inherent strength of “sharing and caring” and the Government’s measures would mitigate the sufferings of the most vulnerable sections of the society, particularly the workers of the unorganised sector and the destitute, it said.
“The President began the conference by exhorting to the collective strength of the society and urged Governors, LGs and Administrators to mobilise volunteers of Indian Red Cross Society, voluntary and religious organisations to contain th menace at the earliest,” the statement said.
The President urged everyone to hold regular stock-taking with their State Governments and make contributions in a way that the battle again the coronavirus could be won.
He also said the best practices can be emulated in other parts of the country, the statement said. In the video-conference, the Delhi Lt Governor 14 Governors -- from the worst hit areas -- were shortlisted to share their experiences.
The video-conference was conducted by the Vice President and it brought out the best mitigation practices initiated by various state, it said.
The discussions related to the status of COVID-19 in the states, the role of the Red Cross and that of civil society/voluntary organisations in aiding the efforts of the governments, especially with the lockdown and other emerging challenges, it added. The video-conference began with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari outlining measures initiated in his state.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan lauded the role of the government, voluntary organisations, medical professionals, paramedics and the police for their coordinated effort to persuade people to maintain social distancing.