Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday expressed concern over the hardships faced by people living in the designated red zones across Kashmir on the account of a shortage of essentials and other edibles urging the government to assuage their suffering by providing for their necessities.
In a joint statement party’s senior leaders and Member of Parliament from Baramulla Muhammad Akbar Lone, and Sakina Itoo have expressed concern over the problems faced by people living in designated red zones in the north and south Kashmir districts.
“Residents living in these classified zones aren’t able to purchase necessary essentials to run their kitchens due to the stringent lockdown. The prevailing pandemic has hit the poorest of poor and vulnerable the most. The government does have a responsibility to reach out to such families in these designated red zones to ensure that they do not starve in wake of the strict containment measures put in place in view of COVID-19 crises. Providing necessary support to people should be high on the priority list of government,” they said.
They also said that the people living in such classified red zones find it very difficult to take patients to hospitals. “Administration should get its act together to ensure the availability of ambulances in such designated zones. In addition to it passes as and when required by people in such areas should be given following due protocol measures in case of emergencies.”
The cluster containment strategy of the government should also comprise of a strategy to make essentials available to the people living in the red and buffer zones, they said. “Government should without any further delay direct concerned agencies to converge their efforts to reach out to the needy in the red zone areas.”