As the mercury levels touching a new high day by day, the authorities in Haryana have swung into action to aware people about precautions from scorching heat.

In this regard, the Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management, Keshni Anand Arora on Thursday directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to generate awareness among people about heat wave.

She also asked the authorities to make public wise on ways to protect themselves during summer. Holding a meeting with DCs through video-conferencing on Thursday, she issued directions to ensure that during summers.

Considering the possibility of acute heatwave conditions in June, she asked the authorities to ensure sufficient supply of electricity and drinking water in urban and rural areas. Proper drinking water facilities should be made available wherever National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) works are being carried out.

Arora also directed to ensure the availability of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), medicines and medical facilities at Anganwari Centres, sub-centres, Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and Hospitals.

Water tankers should be pressed into service in water deficient areas. There should be sufficient water in ponds, Arora added. In the rural areas, sarpanches should take the lead in generating awareness among farmers,

Haryana ACS said. “Students should be made aware about how to protect themselves from the heat wave during hot summers before the summer vacation starts,” she said.

Meanwhile, the ACS, Power Department, PK Das, said 24-hour power supply was being provided in urban areas and jagmag villages. He directed officers to ensure that villages which had not been covered under jagmag gaon or where jagmag works are under progress, get power supply in the morning and evening for drinking water supply.

“Ponds having less water should be filled with water, and in case of fault in the motor of drinking water tubewell, arrangement for additional motor should be made,” Das said.

Also, the Director General, Health, Dr Satish Kumar Aggarwal, said all civil surgeons had been sensitised and the quantity of chlorine had been got checked in booster pumps. He asked civil surgeons to ensure that stale fruits are not sold.

In Gurugram district, the district administration, in view of prevailing heat wave, changed the timings of all government schools. The timings in all government schools in the district will be from 8 am to 1.30 pm from 25 May onwards till first June.