STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Congress has immediate demanded shifting of all those, who have completed their normal period of quarantine at different places in and outside J&K, to their respective locations without adopting any pick and choose policy for privileged ones. In a statement issued here, PCC chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said that there are many locations, both inside and outside, where people were quarantined, simply for being in travel or transit, without any symptoms of COVID-19. Most of these people have completed the quarantine period, he added “The government should make arrangements to shift all such persons to their respective locations and native places immediately. There should not be any pick and choose basis in system, as they have the right to unite with their families, of course as per medical advice after completing quarantine period,” he said. Sharma also questioned delay in disbursement of various kinds of relief measures for poor including free ration and pensions to different eligible categories like old-aged, widows, PHC etc. “Most of the announcements for providing benefits are not executed yet, as people are in lockdown for more than two weeks. The targeted population needs these benefits and assistance immediately without any further delay,” he said. Congress demanded immediate release of atleast three months advance wages to daily-wagers, need-based workers in various Govt and semi-govt departments, as their financial condition is miserable. Congress also expressed its concern over disengagement of the skilled health workers in GMC Rajouri and Kathua and some other health institutions where they were working on temporary basis. He demanded for engaging unemployed trained health workers of different categories in place of availing services of retired personnel.
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