After 3 positive cases of coronavirus were found in Soibugh at the central Kashmir’s Budgam district, district administration Budgam has declared several villages as a red zone, thus in turn affecting the livelihood of poor people in the area.
Ghulam Nabi Najar, resident of Soibugh works as labourer told Rising Kashmir that there is no food in his house as he was working as a daily wager to feed his family.
“I am a labourer and there is nothing to do when the whole country under lockdown. We are vulnerable and can catch the virus if we start working,” he said.
He said they have been left for God's mercy as there is no help by the authorities after their village was declared a red zone.
Another labourer Nazir Ahmad Malik, resident of Soibugh village said they have had no eatable items from the past five days. “If the condition remains same, what can we poor people do,” he said
He also added that “although there is Bait-ul-Maal no one is helping us. And they should have checked the houses of poor people and helped them.”
Meanwhile, DR Tariq Ahmad, president of the Baitul Mall Soibugh told Rising Kashmir that they have donated 130 packets of ration among 130 families including 20 families of nonlocal labourers.”
“Our members are working on the ground and in coming days we will be helping all the needy families,” he added.