At a time when senior officers of Punjab government are assigned the task to spread awareness, they themselves do not taking required precautions. The presence of 40 PCS officers in a meeting of their association in a Chandigarh hotel has spread infection at the top level in state administration, causing serious problems to all-state.
Till date 14 PCS officers and two IAS officers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state. The positive officers include Deputy Commissioner, state director of a department, Sub Divisional Magistrates and other rank officers. Since all these senior officers have been in touch with thousands of area residents, tracing their contacts is the toughest task for authorities.
We wish speedy recovery to the employees who have tested positive and urge all to exercise necessary precautions in the discharge of their duties, especially wearing of masks in closed/crowded spaces.— CS Punjab (@CsPunjab) July 8, 2020
The lack of compliance of mandatory norms by senior officers and state minister can be gauged from the fact that Payal SDM, who has tested positive, was the main organizer of a state-level function four days back. Apart from senior officers, area residents, Punjab health and family welfare minister Balbir Singh Sidhu also attended the function.
Apart from the minister, other those attended the function include Payal MLA Lakhvir Singh Lakha, Fatehgarh Sahib MP Dr Amar Singh, Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon, Khanna MLA Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Bassi Pathana MLA Gurpreet Singh GP, former minister Malkit Singh Dakha and Khanna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Singh and others.
Lakhs of residents have been penalized by the state government for not following mandatory norms, but till date neither a single senior officer nor any politicians of any party have faced any legal action and its shows biased attitude of authorities. But authorities must understand that virus does not differentiate between influential and poor and it attacks all.
Punjab government must shun the selective approach and take strict action against all violators to prevent the spread of the virus.