In these times of COVID-19, the entire nation is battling the pandemic, and working hard to ensure that the dangerous effects can be kept at bay. However, special attention is also needed for remote areas, as they become particularly vulnerable. One such place being the North-eastern states, there has been only one case reported thus far. However, the government is leaving no stone unturned during this lockdown to ensure that essential supplies do not get disrupted.
Cargo Air Flights for Transporting Medical Equipment and Emergency Goods
Union Minister for Department of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh has disclosed that Cargo Air Flights shall be used exclusively for transporting medical equipment and emergency goods along with other essential items to the North Eastern States, in the wake of Lockdown situation. For this, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has given the necessary approvals.
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) March 30, 2020
The contact details and road map for the Cargo operation will be provided soon. Interestingly, the Directors of the airports of the region have been asked to inform about their requirements through Twitter.
Only three days back, the Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council had allocated ₹25 crore additional fund, over and above the already allocated funds by the DoNER, the NEC as well other Ministries of Government of India. This additional amount is specifically meant to assist in Corona related activities and gap-funding.
Market on Wheels – Local Administration Ensuring Delivery of Essentials in Arunachal Pradesh
Mint has reported how residents of Hayuliang town of Arunchal Pradesh’s Anjaw district are being taken care of by the administration. They received a message from their local administration about a ‘Market on Wheel’ home delivery service launched by the administration, which delivers groceries to the people’s doorsteps. The service has been functional and helping alleviate worries of the 8,000-9,000 residents of this sparsely populated town, which lies in the easternmost part of the country, right on the China border. All that the residents need to do is to WhatsApp or message their list to a list of numbers. The administration then liaises with the local grocers and deliver it to the households in a special vehicle. he service aims to reduce the footprint to the shops and to instill trust in the local administration. The only requirement is that the residents’ order be greater than ₹300, with an additional delivery charge of ₹10.
Ayushi Sudan, the additional deputy commissioner of Hayuliang told Mint that the administration was working to expand the service to include vegetables and to add pharmacies to the service as well. The Market on Wheel service will also help the administration identify the essential needs of the people and keep a buffer stock through its primary supply chain originating from Tinsukia, Assam.
In these times, administrations are taking up the challenge and innovating to deliver services. This is bringing in renewed confidence and trust among the people, making them more than hopeful that the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly be defeated.