All the returning migrants should be institutionally quarantined in Doon, Haridwar and U S Nagar: Dhasmana
Questioning the state government’s quarantine policy adopted for the returning migrants, the Uttarakhand Congress has said that the folly of the government has ruined the fruits of 55 days of hard work and perseverance of people of the state. The vice president of Uttarakhand Congress, Surya Kant Dhasmana said that instead of putting all the returning migrants under institutional quarantine the Uttarakhand government adopted faulty and dangerous policy of home quarantine. He claimed that had the state government adopted the plan proposed by the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Pritam Singh, then the problem faced today would not have occurred. Dhasmana said that three districts of Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar have a combined capacity to put at least 10 lakh people in quarantine. He said that during the Kumbh and Ardha Kumbha 80 lakh to one crore people assemble in one day in Haridwar. “ Due to the lockdown all hotels and Dharamshalas are vacant. Had the government made some effort than all the 2.5 lakh migrants returning to the state could have been institutionally quarantined in three districts only! At the end of quarantine period, these people would have been allowed to go to their villages,’’ he said.
Dhasmana said that only formal screening is taking place of the migrants due to which the state is now witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases. He said that the migrants reaching to their villages are not getting quarantined and the state government has not made any mechanism to cross check the home quarantine of migrants. Dhasmana demanded that the state government should keep the migrants in the institutional quarantine in Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Dehradun.
Saturday, 16 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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