Dr Sangma raises concerns over panic buying, supply of commodities

Shillong, Mar 26: Leader of Opposition in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday raised concerns about the supply of commodities, panic buying and more during the 21-day nation-wide lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19 in the country which is currently in place.

Dr Sangma sent a letter to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma suggesting some points and appealed for its implementation to ensure that the state is able to “overcome this unprecedented challenge.”

Dr Sangma claimed that the decision for lock down was not preceded by effective preparation to mitigate and prevent and that overcrowding in markets in Shillong, Tura, Ampati and other places across the State have drawn attention and therefore, calls for a serious concern and review.

He shared some points that include prevention of panic buying and overcrowding, ensuring that essential commodities were available such as vegetables and fruits, Baby food, milk, meat and more. He also suggested that locality, neighborhood specific retailers or doorstep supply chain should be implemented so as to prevent overcrowding.

Dr Sangma also suggested the implementation of relief measures keeping in mind the most vulnerable group of the society which includes- the daily wage labourers; single mothers; orphans; elderly people without dependents, etc.

Further he also advised the government to provide support for residents of Meghalaya who are stranded outside the state.

“There is an urgent need to provide emergency and dedicated numbers for continuous communication, particularly in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and other metros and provided them with immediate support for check-up, treatment and relief wherever needed. This is necessary as I have received inputs that residents stranded in Delhi, who have developed symptoms and taken to Safdarjung Hospital Delhi were only subjected to check up and was not admitted while the hospital authorities failed to provide ambulance or other means of transport for the patient to return home,” the letter read.

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