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Crisis Response Command control room initiated by Sikkim Police

Monday, Mar 30, 2020 13:15 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Mar 30, 2020 07:34 [IST]

Crisis Response Command control room initiated by Sikkim Police

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK: Sikkim Police have set up a control room for the ongoing movement against coronavirus as ‘Crisis Response Command’ (CRC) with an Inspector General of Police rank officer leading the charge for Sikkim along with two Deputy Inspector Generals and 4-5 Superintendent of Police and ASPs.
The CRC set up at Sikkim Police headquarters here on Sunday has been created in anticipation, if and when the situation of the virus spread deteriorates in the State.
Addressing a press conference here, DIG Sonam Tenzing Bhutia and DIG DB Giri, both of whom will be the two DIGs heading the CRC, said: “The facility will be open 24 hours of the day with gazetted level officer at disposal at all hours. A devoted social media handle over Facebook and Twitter will be created for feedbacks along with a quick response helpline number. The CRC will take account of issues of law and order along with other necessary supply issue of essential commodities and more.”
Asserting on keeping its work force safe, DIG Bhutia highlighted how the frontline workers including the police personnel need to be adequately sensitized on their safety and the safety of the people. “We will be having the added support from Sikkim Armed Police and Indian Reserve Battalion who will also be looking at the issues of supply of essential commodities to remote areas highlighting shortage and necessary distribution. A check will also be kept on hoarding and price rise of essential commodities along with supplies of milk which fails at deliverance at any region can be put up at the control room. Subsequently, officials will reach the spot to take stock of the supply and deliverance,” he said.
DIG Giri said the situation in the State is manageable amidst feedbacks from general public on various issues. “Taking this platform, I would like to assert that staying home is the best way at keeping the virus at bay. The virus doesn’t move from person on its own, it’s the movement of the people that will spread the virus. Despite the lockdown and police presence, there are so many cases of people moving about in the streets here in the urban areas and across the rural areas, if that stops, the virus will not spread. Unless it is very urgent, people should not move about,” he said.
The CRC will also be keeping an eye on the fake news and posts being circulated to create panic in the State while the social media of the CRC will be emitting vital information.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi