_COVID-19_ *District Administration Doda distributes 1lac face masks among the general public across the district* _Ropes in services of SHGs, local tailors, to produce 4 lac masks for every citizen_

Publish Date : 01/06/2020
In order to ensure universal mask usage for the the safety of general public, amid Corona virus pandemic,Doda Administration has distributed 1 lac face masks among the citizens of the district till now including frontline functionaries of Health, Municipalities, and Police department.
The District Administration is aiming to provide face mask to the whole population and for this purpose services of Self Help Groups and local artisans have been hired to meet the target of 4 lac masks initially.
District Development Commissioner Doda,Dr Sagar D Doifode also said that every citizen of the district will be provided a face mask as it is mandatory to wear one. He said administration has been manufacturing masks and targets to produce and distribute 4 lakh masks. 
He said so far 1 lac masks have been distributed by the District Administration in rural as well as in urban area of the district through BDC Chairman’s,PRI members,Municipal Councillors across the district.He added that more than 2 lac masks have been received at the District Store so far.
The District Development Commissioner said that the administration has roped in hundreds of local entrepreneur, self-help groups (SHGs) for the mass production of masks in the district to achieve the target of producing of 4 lac masks at earliest.He said that the masks are made under the set guidelines and all the raw material is being provided to the SHGs as well as to the local tailors for the production of the same.
Till now the masks were only made in Doda but now to further augment the production,the services of the tailors in Sub Division Gandoh, Thathri and Bhaderwah have been roped in by the District Administration, DDC said.
DDC who is looking after the COVID-19 preventive measures, said  rapid production, distribution and outreach of masks is being ensured so as to achieve universal mask usage in the district.
He said that for this purpose the District Administration is utilizing the services of local tailoring shops, Self Help Groups, Umeed voulenteers, KVIB and community participation including PRIs. He said the masks are being provided as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19.
He also informed that now onwards further distribution of face masks across the district shall be ensured through FCS&CA department Doda district.