Thursday, 19 March 2020

COVID-19 (Corona Virus)- Closure of Institutions in overseas countries- Appointment of Handholding Officers and Setting-up of Control Rooms for facilitating the students/ people of Andhra Pradesh coming back from overseas countries. G.O.Rt.No.584, Dated:19-03-2020.



GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH  
ABSTRACT 

General  Administration  Department – COVID-19  (Corona  Virus)- Closure  of  Institutions  in overseas  countries- Appointment  of  Handholding  Officers  and  Setting-up  of  Control  Rooms  for facilitating the students/  people  of  Andhra  Pradesh  coming back  from  overseas  countries.

GENERAL  ADMINISTRATION  DEPARTMENT 
G.O.Rt.No.584.                  Dated:19-03-2020 







ORDER:
1.  It has been  observed  that  many  Institutions  such  as  Schools/  Colleges/  Universities  and other  establishments  located in  various  countries  affected  by  COVID-19  have/  are beingclosed  downandstudents/  people  of  these  institutions  are  coming  back  to  Andhra Pradesh.

2.  To facilitate  the  return  of  the students/  people  from  above  institutions  to  Andhra  Pradesh, the  following Standard  Operating Procedure  (SOP) is  put  in  place:

   a.  Government  of  Andhra  Pradesh  will  setup 2  Control  Rooms, one each in Delhi and  Andhra  Pradesh.The  Control  Room  in  Delhi  will  be  established  in  Andhra Pradesh Bhavan,  New  Delhi whereas, the  second Control  Roomwill  be established in Andhra Pradesh Non-Residential Telugu  Society  (APNRT)  Cell  in Andhra  Pradesh  Secretariat,  Velagapudi,  Guntur.

   b.  The concerned contact person  in  the  above  Control  Rooms  will  be  as follows:


   c.  Commissioner,  Information  &Public  Relations,  Govt.  of  Andhra  Pradesh,will  utilize all  available broadcasting  and communication  channels  to  popularize the above stated  phone  numbers  amongst  the  international  Non-resident  Telugu communities.

   d.  Similarly,  APNRT  society  will  make  efforts to  popularize  these  phone  numbers amongst various  NRT Associations  throughout  the globe.

   e.  In General  Administration  Department,  Mr. J.  Venkata Murali,  IAS,  Deputy Secretary,  Co-ordination  (Ph:  +919515113245)  will  bethe overall  coordinator  for the above stated  Control  Rooms.  Mr.  Murali  will  form  a  WhatsApp group  with  all the  members of  control  rooms and  District Collectors as  members.  All  the information  received  by  the  control  rooms  or  by  Mr.  Murali,  will  be  shared  in  this group.

   f. AP  Bhavan  will appoint  Hand-Holding  Officers  who  will  be  in  touch with  and handhold with  the  students/  persons,who want to  return  to  Andhra  Pradesh  and also  coordinate  with  the  families  of  the  respective  students/  persons,  with  the  help of  concerned  District  Collector(s).  The duty  of  the  Hand-Holding  Officer  is  to track the  movement  of  these students/  people.

   g.  Whenever  information  is  received  regarding  an  individual  or  a  group,  the  members of  control  rooms  will  report  to  AP  Bhavan  and  an  Officer  of  AP  Bhavan  will  meet the concerned  Officer in  Ministry  of  External  Affairs,  Ministry  of  Civil Aviation  and the respective  Embassy.

   h.  The  concerned  Officer  of  AP  Bhavan  willapprise  Sri  V.  Vijayasai  Reddy,  (Member of  Parliament)  Special  representative  of  Andhra  Pradesh.  He  will  meet  the Minister  of  External  Affairs  in-person  or  depute  a Member  of  Parliament  to  discuss the issue.

   i. A  High-Level  Task  Force,  comprising  of  the  following  members,  will  be  set  up  to monitor the entire  operations:

       i.  Sri Alla Kali  Krishna  Srinivas, Dy.  Chief  Minister,  Health,  Family  Welfare &  Medical Education

       ii.  Sri  Mekapati  Goutham  Reddy,  Minister,  Industries,  Commerce, Information Technology,  Skill  Development  and  Training

       iii.  Sri  Sajjala  Ramakrishna Reddy,  Advisor  to  Govt. of  Andhra  Pradesh, Public  Affairs

       iv.  Sri Medapati S Venkat,  Advisor  to  Govt. of  Andhra  Pradesh,  NRT Affairs,Services  and  Investments  and President,  APNRT Society

3.  The spirit  of  the  above  SOP  is  to enable  every  Non-Resident  Telugustudent/ person, who  wants  to  come  back  to  Andhra  Pradesh  due to  closure  of  overseas institutions,  to have a  hassle-free  journey  from  their respective  country  to  Andhra Pradesh.  The endeavor of  Govt. of  Andhra  Pradesh  will  be  to  facilitate  and  track the  journey  of students/  people  back  to  Andhra  Pradesh.

4.  The above SOP  will  come into effect  from  12  Noon  on  19/03/2020  and  will  remain operational till  further  orders.

(BY  ORDER  AND  IN  THE  NAME  OF  THE  GOVERNOR  OF  ANDHRA  PRADESH) 

PRAVEEN PRAKASH 
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY  TOGOVERNMENT  (POLL) 





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