National Conference on Monday expressed concern over acute shortage of essentials in the areas declared as red zones by the authorities across the Valley, urging the administration to ensure availability of essential and medicines in the containment zones.
While expressing concernover dearth of essential commodities in the areas designated as red zones, theparty's provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said, "The areas designated asred zones are facing shortage of essentials including milk and medicines. Thestrict containment measures and curbs in such designated red zones havetriggered severe shortage of basic essentials as the locals living in these redzone areas cannot step outside to purchase the essentials."
"Trapped in a geographic quarantine, people also find itdifficult to take patients to hospitals. There should be a proper plan in placeto deal with such issues. It is the government's responsibility to ensureavailability of essentials and medicines in the red and buffer zones. We seehow various local bodies across the country have come up with e-passes forpeople in need in these areas. Such measures should be implemented in Kashmirtoo," he said.
He said cluster containment strategy should also encompassplans to make essentials available for the people living in the red and bufferzones.
"The government should without any further delay directconcerned agencies to converge their efforts to reach out to the needy in thered zoned areas. A special ambulance service should be put in place in suchareas," he said.