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Now, panchayats withdraw resolutions against Health Dept

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Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 3

At a time when Health Department teams have been facing resistance in villages over Covid-19 tests, a reverse trend has started in Sangrur, with many panchayats announcing support to testing of villagers.

According to information, Badheshe, Nathoheri and Bahadurpur panchayats had passed resolutions against villagers undergoing Covid tests. Now all three panchayats have withdrawn their resolutions and announced to support the Sangrur administration in this regard.

“To prevent the spread of virus, our village will fully support the administration,” said Avtar Singh of Bahadurpur village. Apart from this, Banbhaura and Kasampur have also announced their support to Covid tests.

“The Malerkotla SDM had called a meeting of area panchayats on Wednesday. He assured us that the Health Department will fully cooperate with us. We will keep Covid-positive patients in our village school and not shift them to hospital,” said Sukhdeep Singh Goldy, sarpanch, Banbhaura village.

Malerkotla SDM Vikramjit Singh Panthey said under the Panchayati Raj Act, the administration could take action against panchayats that were opposing the Health Department. “Hopefully, there will be no action as all panchayats have announced to support the campaign of the government for sampling after we assured them full cooperation,” said the SDM.

With 54 more persons testing positive in Sangrur district today, the number of active cases has reached 299. With death of one more local resident, the toll has reached 91 in the district.

Sangrur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ramvir said after some miscreants spread false information about forcible shifting of Covid-positive patients to hospitals, some panchayats had started opposing the testing.

from The Tribune

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