Srinagar, April 23: Apni Party President, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari pressed upon the need for a Community Based Disaster Management to stem spread of coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir & urged the Central Government to provided free ration for BPL besides restoring 4G mobile internet in J&K at the earliest.
Bukhari appealed his colleagues and cadre to work together for assess vulnerability of people in their respective areas and respond accordingly to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19 in their immediate neighbourhoods & added that we should not expect everything from the government and should instead adopt a community based approach to tackle this pandemic.
He said that we should not forget our social and moral responsibility to look after our poor neighbours whose livelihood has got worst hit by the mandatory restrictions imposed by the Government.
He said that there is a dire need to reach out to daily-rated workers, daily wagers, ITI-skilled labourers, casual labourers, construction workers, vendors, and other sections of the society, whose livelihood has been badly affected by the lockdown.
Bukhari demanded that all BPL beneficiaries be given free ration by the government through Public Distribution System and the government must ensure that the ration is home delivered to these families in order to prevent jumbling at Government depots and fair-price shops across Jammu and Kashmir.
He also urged the central government to restore high speed mobile internet (4G) services in Jammu and Kashmir so as to enable people to keep themselves updated with government advisories on prevention of COVID on real time basis.