TINSUKIA: Defying attitude of a section of people in Tinsukia has been posing a major threat to anti-COVID exercises. Going by the post-5pm scenario during Janata Curfew when people took to the streets beating drums, blowing conch shells, rejoicing and dancing by bursting crackers, it becomes imperative for the district administration to handle the situation with firm hands.
The violators should be dealt in accordance with the orders promulgated by the government, observed Arjun Baruah, senior journalist and president of Tinsukia District Committee of AXX, adding that it was shameful for people of Tinsukia who acted in an irresponsible manner.
Tinsukia observed a trade bandh on Monday with majority shops closed down. While the bandh was called by Assam Chamber of Commerce, a defunct organization of erstwhile Congress regime, an official of National Chamber of Commerce, Tinsukia said the bandh not only created confusion among the already panicked public but was also unwarranted.
“As the government is taking corrective and remedial measures to check onslaught of coronavirus, no organization should decide course of action,” said Hira Lal Sharma, president of National Chamber of Commerce Tinsukia.
“After a new study by WHO confirmed that the coronavirus can go airborne, stay suspended in air for 8 hours depending on factors such as heat and humidity, it has become essential for the people to use masks even as there is acute shortage of masks with prices souring in black market. Wearing of mask should be made mandatory under law,” said Arjun Baruah.
“The district administration must enforce people on streets to wear mask else they should remain indoors. As the masks are in huge demand, the women can make mask with gamosa material at home and sell in the market,” Baruah added.