STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Saturday asked Government to immediately start delivering ration to people in order to avoid mass gatherings at ration depots in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Bhalla, while distributing food items among poor and needy families at Channi Himmat, asked for working 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 called for imparting training to police and employees of District Administration for tackling COVID-19 infected or suspected persons. Bhalla urged Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Urban Local Body (ULB) employees to ensure 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. Bhalla also expressed resentment over charging for ration from urban poor when government had promised to provide free ration for two months during lockdown. While necessary measures including ban on all types of public transport and normal movement across J&K is imperative to tackle spread of deadly virus, the government should also take concrete steps to mitigate sufferings of people affected by these restrictions, he added. “Unfortunately, the Jammu and Kashmir Government seems to be a mute spectator to miseries and sufferings of people. Like other governments, J&K Government should also come up with measures to help the people, who are unable to sustain their families in these hard times,” Bhalla demanded. Others who accompanied Bhalla included Block President Jatinder Singh Chib, General Secretary DCC Aman Bawa, Deepak Gupta, Atul Sharma and Iqbal Singh.
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