– globalbihari bureau
Danapur: The present extension of lockdown is turning out to be a farce. This is well evident in the photos clicked by our photographer Ashok Sinha today. He has taken these photos just at one location but the scene is not very different at many other places also.
One may pinch oneself in disbelief to ensure that this is not a nightmare. But this is what is happening right under the nose of the authorities. Already much has been made out of the chaos at the liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Now this is the scene today at Danapur Railway Station near Patna. All cautions here seem to have been thrown to the wind. Consumption of liquor, gutka, paan and tobacco, etc, in public places is not allowed during lockdown 4.0 but one can see gutka being sold right on the railway platform. None seem to care a hoot about social distancing either. This is happening despite the fact that today alone Bihar recorded 96 new cases taking the total number of positive cases to 1872. Today a police officer too died in the state because of COVID-19!
So who is responsible? What are the Railways authorities doing? Isn’t it their responsibility to ensure social distancing and ensure people comply with rules. If this is the situation then perhaps all hard work to contain the spread of Corona Virus has gone for a toss. globalbihari hopes that sanity returns. The sooner, the better. Or wait for another calamity to happen.
The Government had so far done a fairly good job by containing spread of Corona Virus pandemic by taking steps to ensure that people were confined to home to prevent spread of the pandemic. To
implement a nationwide lockdown was never an easy task. There were irritants such as stranded
tourists, travelers and pilgrims, and hostel students whose convenience was not taken into account before the sudden declaration of lockdown. There was a major goof-up too as the government rather ominously overlooked the problems of lakhs of migrant workers, who had no other way than to walk thousands of miles, sometimes barefoot, to reach their villages bereft of food, shelter and job.
But this time it seems even governments – both central and states’ – have resigned themselves to fate. Well-intentioned slogans such as Do Gaz Doori; Jaan hai to jahan hai; Jaan bhi, jahan bhi are fast losing their relevance in this fourth phase of nationwide lockdown.