Track all attendees of Jamaat on the warpath: center to states

NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, the cabinet secretary asked states to complete the contact tracing of all members who attended events at the Nizamuddin headquarters of the war-fighting team and highlighted the risk it poses to efforts to the containment of Covid-19.

In a meeting held by a conference with the state's chief secretaries and police chiefs, Gauba asked the state police to take action against Jamaat's foreign preachers for violating the conditions of his tourist visa by surrendering to missionary work . They were also advised to take action against Tablighi conference/sermon organizers in their respective jurisdictions.

Gauba, top secretaries and DGP on intensive contact tracing of Tablighi participants, which included 824 foreign preachers who have been on tour in various states and may be carrying the Covid-19 virus. This list of 824s was prepared on March 21 and shared with states after some Covid-positive cases were traced back to Tablighi Jamaat, followed by other warnings on March 28 and 29 that asked states/UTs to locate, evaluate quarantine and, if necessary, hospitalize foreign and Indian Tablighi Jamaat participants.

The Interior Ministry had said on Tuesday that around 2,137 Indian members of Tablighi Jamaat have so far been located and examined.

In addition to 824 foreign Tablighi Jamaat workers in preaching service in various parts of the country, 216 foreigners were in the Nizamuddin Markaz. In addition, more than 1,500 Tablighi Jamaat Indian workers were also housed in the markaz, while some 2,100 toured different parts of the country for missionary work.

The cabinet secretary asked states on Wednesday to implement Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana within the next week. This will involve large cash transfers to beneficiaries and must be organized in a staggered manner to guarantee social distance, Gauba told the top secretaries.

The meeting noted that the blockade was being effectively implemented across the country. States were asked to ensure that the movement of goods within the state was allowed without hindrance, while maintaining social distance.

The manufacture of essential goods and the maintenance of their supply chains must be guaranteed, Gauba told top secretaries.