Mere lockdown will not suffice
The administration in Jammu and Kashmir has come up with some measures to control the COVID-19 spread. The measures, though quite troublesome for the general masses are needed in this hour of collective challenge posed by the novel coronavirus. The virus spread needs to be checked so that lives can be saved in this remote region which is devoid of healthcare facilities needed to tackle any arising situation.
The admin for instance has directed for some precautionary measure including imposition of restrictions across Srinagar and other districts up to March 31. The orders issued have directed that all kinds of business establishments will remain closed and bans all kinds of assembly of more than three persons till the evening of March 31.
Though some services have been exempted from the restrictions but in general people will have to stay indoors and help containing the virus and stop it from spreading into the community.
The coronavirus has devastated several countries including China, Italy and Iran where the death toll has brought the heath authorities to the brink. The situation is so critical in a developed country like Italy that the authorities are ruing the fact that they should have ensured a timely lockdown to curtail the occurring deaths.
Even though the authorities have learned a lesson in Jammu and Kashmir but the situation needs to be worked out in such a way that a commoner does not face the affects of the lockdown. Kashmir valley has been witnessing a lockdown, though a different once since August 5, last year when the special provision of the state including Article 370 was scrapped.
The situation led to a weakened economy in the region which has already had an effect on the people here. Now that the corona scare has been troubling the authorities here a complete lockdown seems the only solution as of now.
However, in such a scenario the administration needs to work out a proposal to ensure that the bare necessities of a common man are provided to him with ease. For ensuring this the government has already mooted a proposal to start doorstep ration distribution amid this unprecedented situation.
The recently appointed advisor, Baseer Khan has in fact directed all the Deputy Commissioners to work out a plan for doorstep distribution of ration and other essential commodities to the consumers so that long queues and large gatherings at ration depots would be avoided.
The DDC’s have been directed to send their plan within three days to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir for further action. Though the idea seems unique but the proposal needs to be sorted out at an earliest. Besides, all police stations in the region should also be asked to be alert and ready for addressing the other needs of the people including medical emergencies.