JAMMU: In view of COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed several precious lives across the globe, the District Congress Committee (DCC) Jammu has expressed its concern regarding poor sanitation condition in Jammu city.
In a press statement issued here, Yogesh Sawhney, former Minister J&K and General Secretary JKPCC stated that heaps of garbage is lying in many areas of Jammu with no proper disposal mechanism. The scattered garbage can be seen in different lanes of old city as well as in Gandhi Nagar area, he said. At some places, one can easily find filled and un-cleared bins with garbage pouring out, he added.
Another crucial issue, the Congress leader stressed, is lack of testing laboratories, which should be increased. “Health care facilities should be enhanced in keeping the present situation in mind. Adequate equipments and ventilators are also required, specifically for Jammu region,” he added.
“MPs from Kashmir have donated funds for fight against COVID-19 particularly in Kashmir, while MPs from Jammu have invested their funds in the Prime Minister’s National Fund. Considering needs of Jammu people, these MPs should also keep concern of Jammu people on top priority,” stated Sawhney.
“Poor sanitation harms people’s health and their well-being, which we cannot afford. Lack of adequate sanitation should be a big concern for J&K administration. Even after reaching out to concerned authorities in Jammu regarding the issue, no visible changes can be been on ground level,” stated Sawhney.
The Former Minister further pointed out that administration is only helping on ‘pick-and-choose’ basis. “People with enough accessibility and approach can easily get sanitation services in their areas but those who can’t are left behind. The entire city needs equal consideration without any biased approach,” he added. “The sanitation drives, being organised by authorities, are not making any difference, and perhaps are only meant for eyewash because major areas, which suffer from poor sanitation, have not been included,” stated Sawhney.
The signatories to the statement included B B Gupta , Rama Kant Khajuria , M L Malager, P S Chauhan, Th Rashpal Singh, Pawan Dev Singh, Manu Jamwal, Vijay Singh Chib, Satpal Sapolia, Chander Shekhar Sharma, Atul Sharma, Anand Gandotra, Vijay Malhotra, Joyti Vaid, Mickel, Anoop Gupta, Sardhara Singh, Pawan Sharma, M D Nazir, Monmohan Sharma, R N Koul, Joginder Singh Chib, Vijay Dharma, Rajkumar Menia, Th Jai Singh, Uttam Singh, Barinder Singh Manhas, and Raj Kumar Goyal.