JAMMU, Apr 4: Government should immediately fulfill its promise of providing free ration to the public for two months as charging from urban poor for ration items during lockdown is unjustified.
These comments were made today by former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla while distributing food items among poor and needy families at Channi Himmat in Gandhi Nagar constituency on 5th consecutive day.
He demanded to work out a plan for door-to-door distribution of ration and other essential commodities to consumers to avoid long queues and large gatherings at ration depots. He also urged the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Urban Local Body (ULB) employees to ensure the implementation of sanitation and fumigation drives across Jammu.
Bhalla asked the Government to come up with concrete relief measures including financial assistance and free ration, for a larger section of society, whose livelihood has got affected due to inter-district transport ban and other restrictions imposed by authorities in view of Coronavirus outbreak in J&K.
He remarked that the novel Coronavirus was causing terrible financial stress on poor in Jammu and Kashmir like other parts of the country and, as such, Government must announce extra ration from Government depots and fair-price shops for BPL and other underprivileged families, totally free of cost.
Bhalla said that directions must be given to Health Officer, JMC to conduct spray of Sodium Hypo Solution in the affected areas on war footing to keep check on spread of virus. Besides this, he said, special drives should also be conducted in all the all city hospitals.
Emphasizing the need to start 4G internet services in J&K, Bhalla said, “With limited and restricted access to the internet by allowing only 2G speed in the UT, patients and doctors are unable to access latest information, advisories, and guidelines”. He termed 4G internet as an indispensable tool in the fight against COVID19.