JAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Wednesday continued to extend a helping hand by distributing ration and other essentials among needy in various parts of Gandhi Nagar constituency amid ongoing lockdown due to outbreak of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Bhalla distributed food items at Quasim Nagar, Sheikh Nagar and other adjoining areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla emphasized upon the need to enhance testing of suspected corona patients besides augmenting capacity and facilities of laboratories. He demanded upgrading facilities in designated COVID-19 hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir so that they can provide level-3 treatment to patients. “Enhanced sample testing should be focus of authorities in order to have a clear picture about virus spread for tackling it in a better way. All high-risk contacts of positive cases should be tracked, quarantined and tested as per protocol. Better patient-care should be top priority for Health Department,” he added.
“Though lockdown is helping the authorities to contain further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), incapability of Administrative machinery to feed poor and daily-wagers has started taking a serious toll on poverty-stricken strata of society,” Bhalla said and called for providing immediate cash relief to poor. He urged government not to adopt a negligent approach towards the deprived during the lockdown.
“Though Centre has announced a slew of measures to provide relief to poor and vulnerable sections of population during COVID-19 crisis, but efficacy of many of these will depend on robust delivery mechanism. Providing free ration is a welcome step, but big question is how to ensure their delivery when even ration shops aren’t opening,” said Bhalla. He further said deliveries will be a big challenge unless some sort of a doorstep delivery mechanism can be worked out. “A better idea would have been to organise community kitchens or distribute food packets to address need of migrant labourers,” he suggested.
Others who accompanied Bhalla included Block President Jatinder Singh Chib, Diwan Chand, District General Secretary Aman Bawa, Iqbal Singh, Anju Mehra, Sumita, Bunty Pardan, Pintu Kumar, G S Sodhi and Panch Qyoom.