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Migrant workers walk along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway amid the coronavirus lockdown, in Palghar | PTI Photo

10 things govt could do to reduce commoner's pain amid COVID lockdown

The Federal seeks to present 10 recommendations to the Union government on the expectations of the common man during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown.

  1. The poor, the tribals and the marginalised need to be supplied with ration items without them having to show ration cards or Aadhaar
  2. Free medication should be made available to the vulnerable among the COVID-19 affected
  3. Emergency services need to be in place besides ensuring supply of reliable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like face masks, etc. to medical personnel
  4. A mechanism has to be evolved on how to open up transport services in a phased, yet logical manner
  5. People should have uninterrupted access to essential commodities such as vegetables, fruits, drugs, fuel, etc.
  6. The plight of farmers and small producers need to be addressed by quickly rectifying the supply chain that links the grower/manufacturer to the consumer
  7. An assurance should be made to employees of medium and small scale industries that their jobs will remain secure and their salaries will be paid on time
  8. Where possible, the government must improve internet connectivity to make it easier for people to work from home
  9. Open helplines that will assist people in case they are having problems at home which require intervention, like domestic violence or the elderly requiring any help
  10. A message of social harmony to neutralise increasing communalisation that is affecting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 infection
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