Bhubaneswar: At a time when individuals throughout Odisha are experiencing various problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic and struggling to put their lives back on track, the absence and absence of support from their elected agents is a glaring omission.
With financial activity pertaining to a grinding stop, incomes have been threatened. The issue is even more severe in Odisha, where the migrants, who returned from other States, are yet to be restored and looking at an unpredictable future.
With a number of videos flooding social media declaring irregularities and bad facilities at numerous temporary medical centres (TMCs) and COVID Care Centres (CCC) in the State, there have actually been widespread allegations that the elected representatives have actually betrayed their people at this time of a pandemic.
” When people are suffering, the chosen representatives are missing out on,” stated a resident.
To even more validate the accusations, one has to look no further than Ganjam district, which has actually been the worst-affected. The COVID19 death toll in Ganjam has actually touched 48 while cases reached 4,867 today. In spite of the worsening COVID-19 scenario in Ganjam, 2 MPs and 13 MLAs from the district are missing because the break out of the disease, alleged local citizens.
Residents fumed mentioning that politicians went to Surat to woo the migrant population throughout elections, now they have actually forgotten the Surat returnees.
” It is now 4 months that we are locked inside our homes. We have not seen our elected regional agents,” declared a Ganjam district citizen.
Throughout such testing times, cops personnel and district administration officials are working round the clock and ensuring correct execution of lockdown and shutdown restrictions in different parts of the State.
Previously, Gopalpur MLA Pradip Panigrahy had composed to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requesting inclusion of chosen agents in COVID-19 management.
However, the concern stays: who has stopped the chosen agents to stand by their people in such desperate times? Not only people, even opposition leaders are injured by the lack of participation of MPs and MLAs in COVID19 management.
” The silence of elected representatives is condemnable. Just saying that our focus is now on Ganjam will not work unless massive efforts are taken on the ground. As Ganjam is now a hotspot, 5,000 tests must be performed daily and plasma treatment should also be introduced,” stated Bibhuti Jena, BJP’s Ganjam district president.
Not a single minister, MLA or MP are seen on the ground when people require them most, said Pitabas Panda, Congress working president of Ganjam district.
Though Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy & Berhampur MP Chandrasekhar Sahu were contacted, they refused to comment on the matter.
( Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)