Altaf Thakur urges J&K LG Manoj Sinha to work out an Unlock for Kashmir
‘An Unlock on Jammu lines can provide relief to weaker sections of society, Odd-Even unlock can be a good move, getting scores of distress calls from various sections on daily basis’
Srinagar, May 27: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur today urged the LG Manoj Sinha and his team of advisors to work out an “unlock” program on the lines of Jammu for Kashmir as well given the fact that many sections of society are on the verge of starvation due to the prevailing almost month-long lockdown.
In a statement issued here, Thakur expressed his satisfaction over the improvement in the Covid graph stating that the lockdown announced on April 29 has largely helped to bring down the numbers. “We are getting distress calls from weaker sections of society including street vendors, pony wallas, those associated with the tourism, travel and other business that they are on the verge of starvation as in five months of winter, business remains low as usual and now Covid triggered lockdown has added more to their pain and miseries,” Thakur said. He said BJP leaders including are getting regular feedback that there are many families in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir who aren’t able to meet the both ends and many of them even don’t have two time meals.
Thakur said that J&K government led by LG Sinha must work out a phased-un-lock to give relief to those suffering due to the lockdown. He said many shopkeepers are also facing tough times and the labour class aren’t able to earn their livelihood. Thakur the unlock should, however, be well-planned and well-thought out on the lines of one in Jammu. “Odd-Even unlock is also good for the immediate relief of people of Kashmir. The onus, however, will lie on the people as its up to them and they can take the graph of figures up again by violating the Covid behavior or else if they stick to SoPs, figures would remain under control. So people must ensure that if any unlock is announced, SoPs shouldn’t in any case be violated anywhere in Kashmir especially in Srinagar,” he said and urged the LG Sinha to hold threadbare discussions with the stakeholders before announcing the unlock in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir.