Set-up task force for reaching out to stranded residents: Rana

File Photo of Devender Rana
File Photo of Devender Rana

National Conference provincial President, Devender Singh Rana Saturday urged the administration to evolve a robust mechanism by creating a special task force, headed by a senior officer, to reach out to the stranded people of J&K, stranded in various parts of the country.

"The humanitarian approach should form part of the strategywhile implementing the vigorous implementation of preventive measures and rapidtesting to combat coronavirus," Rana said in a statement, adding even as thelockdown has become the only viable option to fight the pandemic, its fallouton different segments of society was also required to be taken into account forearnest redressal.

The provincial President appreciated the arrangements madefor return of  Kashmir-based Pakistanreturned medicos from Amritsar to Srinagar and hoped that same analogy wouldadopted for safe passage of over 1,500 J&K residents stranded in Pathankoteto Jammu and the Valley.

"They are in hapless situation and protesting for the pastseveral days after completing the mandatory quarantine period," he said, addingsame was the plight of patients and their attendants, who had gone fortreatment to institutions like Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, AIIMS New Delhiand Chandigarh besides various other hospitals.

"Till the time some mechanism is put in place for their safereturn to homes, the respective state governments should be requested to ensuretheir safe stay at their present places of abandonment," Rana said.

The provincial President also drew attention of the administrationtowards areas declared as red zones and said this cannot be an unending system.

"Once the areas observe necessary quarantine period andadhere to all the obligatory protocols, the sealing should be ended if thereare no COVID19 cases," Rana said. He made a mention of areas like Sunjwan andBhatandi and said if the administration was satisfied about normal situation,sealing should be called off.

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