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JAMMU: Expressing concern on increasing corona positive cases in J&K, the former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Monday asked Government to take immediate actions for scaling-up response to treat, detect and reduce transmission of coronavirus to save people’s lives.
Maintaining that India is at a crucial juncture in its fight against COVID-19, the former minister asked government to respond with urgency and determination by taking bold and decisive decisions. “The government must also aggressively step-up response measures like finding, isolating, testing, treating and tracing. There is an urgent need to further strengthen and intensify surveillance and build capacity of health system. Congress stands together in solidarity with the government to overcome this unprecedented challenge,” Bhalla said while distributing food items among needy at different areas at Shomali Mohalla, Old Satwari.
“The community kitchens should be started in J&K as per guidelines of AICC President, Sonia Gandhi. Congress workers have dedicated themselves to the service of mankind. They are not just ensuring cooked food to poor but also providing ration to all those who are in dire need. Congress workers are giving their 100 per cent to ensure food to every person they can. Our only agenda is not to let anyone sleep hungry in such a time when entire country is witnessing lockdown due to coronavirus. We stand united in the hour of need and are committed to our cause of helping people without any kind of discrimination,” Bhalla added.
Bhalla further maintained that the ongoing lockdown, in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, has affected lives of some of the most vulnerable communities across the country, such as migrant labourers, rag-pickers, single mothers, artisans etc. “Among the frontlines of India’s battle against coronavirus are rag-pickers, who ensure towns and cities are clean and garbage-free. But given the nature of their work, they are also among the communities most vulnerable to infections,” he said.
Bhalla urged the Central Government to ensure that financial aid and other relief measures are provided to poor without any further delay by next week, using Government’s infrastructure, if needed.”Those who do have bank accounts or have not linked their accounts with Aadhaar should be given cash in hand as exemption,” he said.
Others who accompanied the former minister included Amrit Bali, Vishal Singh Charak, Pawan Bhagat, Virinder Singh, Joginder Kumar, Sunil Slathia, Shashi Kumar, Sukhdev Raj, Rakesh Gupta, Sukh Dev Singh, Chirag Gupta, Vijay Kumar and Joginder Kumar.