They are not able to fulfill the basic need how come they will pay monthly installment indebted to the bank
Well, the non-discriminatory virus (SARS-CoV-2) is turning out a disease of the poor because of lockdown.
Although the lockdown imposed by the administration is the need of the hour as it curtails the transmission of this deadly virus. Indeed it will flatten the curve.
Nevertheless, the flip side of the lockdown has been the trauma and agony bearing the distressed class such as public transporters and street vendors etc. These people survive on hand to mouth existence and have no saving to sustain this period of the pandemic. This lockdown has given birth to hunger and starvation among these classes.
In my view, the worst-hit class amid curfews, lockdowns and natural calamities remain the transport industry. Every day when I go outside, my eyes glimpse over the public buses stranded there and the people associated with this industry. Their sullen, disappointing and frustrating faces describe their tale the mental trauma and agony that they are going through.
This is the most affected class which has been suffering from the past one year when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated. They are going to bear the brunt. The so-called administration is deaf and dumb to their plight. Most of them are laden with hefty bank loans as they are pressurized to pay monthly installments.
Amidst such unavoidable circumstances, they are not able to fulfill the basic need of their family how come they will pay monthly installment indebted to the bank.
The magnitude of hardship they are facing is immense and unimaginable. The other underprivileged classes are feeling the same. The inevitable circumstances have wholly shaken the socio-economically disadvantaged people disproportionately.
This is the time to come forward to alleviate the suffering of such people. The government here is just delivering the lip service as far as we are experienced in this pandemic. So we should come out at the individual level to help the deserved that is humanity.
NGOs and the philanthropists this is the time for them to come forward and streamline the charitable initiative to help the destitute and more impoverished in this lockdown so that nobody needs to come out and become a prey of this deadly virus.
Let us pledge to help them together we can, together we will succeed.
Darde Dil Ke Waaste Paida kiya Insaan ko Warna
Taa’ at Kliye Kuch Kam Na Thay Kar O Biyaan
Author is a PhD Researcher, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar