The much needed lockdown to fight against COVID-19 has been indeed a pragmatic way of dealing with the menace, and most of the people are seen obeying the Government order to thwart off the spread of the disease nationwide. It is a welcome and laudable step. But at the same time, this lockdown is posing a great difficulty to the livelihood of the poorer section of society. Scarcity of basic food supplies in some places has made their lives miserable. And seeing the rise of COVID-19 affected cases day by day, the possibility of further lockdown can’t be denied. The cultivators are bearing the brunt of their wasted produces in an exorbitant manner. Tonnes of vegetables have gone to decaying in the fields. Moreover, the plight of the people who are living in the already flood-ravaged villages which are nothing but endless stretches of barren land of no use, has increased. However, some Samaritans have done a praiseworthy work by supplying foods to those households door to door. To win the war against COVID-19, our people must be healthy, and accessible to the basic needs. Undoubtedly, the Government has done their precious endeavour to fight against COVID-19, but still it is necessary for the Agriculture, as well as the Food and Civil Supplies Department of our Government to work strategically to deal with the lacuna of basic food supplies to the needy ones.
Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora,