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JAMMU: President Dogra Sadar Sabha Gulchain Singh Charak urged the Lieutenant Governor Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha to accord priority to provision of Diesel Generating sets for ensuring proper back up arrangements for power supply at the newly set up oxygen plants in hospitals and industrial areas. In a statement issued here today he emphasized that, during the current crises when there is a shortage of oxygen supply, and demand is increasing by the day, it is imperative that the oxygen plants operate at peak efficiency for which separate Diesel Generating sets of adequate capacity need to be made available for these plants along with diesel & other consumables as well as the requisite staff for their operation & maintenance, so that public does not face any inconvenience on this account.He said that the availability of consumables and staff for existing DG sets at the hospitals also needs to be reviewed.Charak further suggested that the staff of the Power Development Department working in the field under COVID conditions should be declared “frontline workers” & provided facilities at par with police & health services.He said that such staff members should be vaccinated on priority and should also be insured / compensated against any unfortunate accidents or COVID related deaths.He also pointed out that the COVID-19 helpline numbers specified by the Government for availing information/consultation are found to be non responsive and generally the phones keep on ringing and no one picks them up. He urged the Lieutenant Governor, J&K, that an effective mechanism be put in place, under his personal supervision, for monitoring the responsiveness of the helpline numbers to ensure that the people get the intended services and relief on contacting the helpline.
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