Q: What are your COVID-19 related tasks?
DPO: I have to arrange ration for the deprived communities in the district. After Holi, all the officials had a meeting with the District Magistrate, where I was asked to do an inspection of all the hospitals in the district and see what all facilities are available.
Q: Are you encountering any challenges?
DPO: Arranging ration for everyone in the district has become difficult because we are not receiving enough stock from the Food Corporation of India. However, this problem will be solved in a couple of days because the honourable Chief Minister has instructed to ensure that there is no shortage of ration in the district.
It is also worrisome that the citizens are taking instructions lightly and are not following complete lockdown properly. Mock drills are being conducted among people for awareness generation, and a vehicle with a loudspeaker is also making rounds.
The focus is on how to stop Corona infections.
The interview was conducted with a District Project Officer (DPO) Excise in Bihar in Hindi on 9 April 2020, and has been translated.