Residents face problems in getting essential commodities

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25

People from different parts of the city are suffering as essential commodities is yet to be ensured at their doorsteps during curfew. They complained about not getting ration, vegetables, milk and required medicines.

Residents are not allowed to go out of their homes for purchasing grocery items during curfew. On March 24, District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that essential commodities such as milk, vegetables, ration, medicines, green fodder for animals and LPG would be home delivered.

He requested the public to remain at their homes and not come out during curfew due to Covid-19 threat.

Meanwhile a number of people came out of their houses to buy necessary ration, vegetables and milk in various areas on Wednesday morning, but they were forced to return home without getting required items due to curfew.

An 88-year-old SS Chana, retired IFS officer, said, “We welcome the step taken by the government, but we are suffering due to unavailability of essential commodities in the curfew.” “We never purchased grocery and medicines items in bulk. I did not get lifesaving medicines yesterday as all chemist shops were closed. However, I got a strip of one medicine at Rs 400. Its MRP is Rs 267 per strip. The government should ensure supply of essential commodities including medicines, vegetables, fruits and daily needed grocery items at doorstep at the earliest,” he added.

A senior doctor in Ludhiana said, “Grocery stores are not opening in our area. However, there is no service available for home delivery of grocery items. Even a person, who supplies milk packets is stopped mid-way by the police.”

“The government should give relaxation for a few hours during day time,” said Upinder Sharma of Punjab Mata Nagar Ludhiana. “Yesterday, we got information that curfew will be relaxed from 6 am to 9 am on Wednesday, but there was no relaxation today. There was no supply of milk by the agency concerned today. All important announcements must be made in advance to avoid any confusion,” he added.

Residents of the Civil Lines and various other areas went through similar experience. A large number of labourers and daily wagers reside in the outer ward areas on Tajpur Road, Tibba Road, Dhandari Khurd, Giaspura and several others. Members of Karkhana Mazdoor Union said the supply of ration should be ensured to these people.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has started issuing temporary trade licences for supply of grocery items and curfew passes to milk suppliers in the city.

Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said, “We have got information that residents in most areas are getting vegetables, milk and ration. There could be some areas where people are not getting essential commodities.” “We are taking required measures to ensure availability of essential items at doorsteps,” he added.