Coronavirus: Sindh govt to distribute ration bags to needy
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday ordered provincial authorities to distribute ration bags to the needy as the province takes measures to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
This decision was taken in a high-level meeting held at the CM House.
The chief minister briefed the meeting about the measures taken to contain further spread of coronavirus.
“With the closure of malls, restaurants or what it is being termed as partial lockdown, we have tried to slow down the spread so that necessary arrangements for establishing Isolation centers and field hospitals could be made accordingly,” he said.
CM Murad said that during the first phase and the first month, ration bags will be distributed to the needy.
He added the bags – consisting of rice, flour, sugar, oil, tea, milk, spices and three types of daal – worth Rs2 million will be distributed to those in need.
Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen. Humayun Aziz appreciated the timely efforts of the provincial government and emphasised the need to provide ration to the daily wagers and poor segments of society.
The chief minister said that he has already held a number of meetings with philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to seek their help and guidance for the preparation of ration bags.
The chief minister also said Karachi’s corps commander will establish a committee under Minister Labour Saeed Ghani to ensure proper care of all those affected by the virus, decide the quantity of food items and develop a mechanism for its distribution.
A warehouse would be established to store the ration bags and houses would be marked to ensure everyone receives at least one bag.
A helpline would be set up where people would register themselves for ration bags and after necessary verification, the bags would be supplied.
The meeting was attended by Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Humayun Aziz, DG Rangers Major General Omar Bukhari and Brigadier Sami of Corps 5.