City corporations do little for poor to fight coronavirus

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:38, Apr 01,2020


Both city corporations in the capital are doing very little for the people who live hand to mouth to help them survive during the coronavirus emergency as they are only engage in piecemeal actions.

The destitute people were passing hard time as their earning stopped since March 26 when the government imposed public holiday to maintain social distance to check spread of COVID-19 that so far killed six and infected 54 in Bangladesh till Wednesday.

Officials of Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation said that they distributed food among the poor, sprayed disinfectants and conducted mobile courts to control prices of essentials.

The city corporations also formed a five-member ward level committee in each ward headed by the ward councillor to ensure the quarantine of the suspects.

The committee will also ensure that no public gathering takes place in their ward and hand washing facilities are set up at public spots.

Most of the committee was found practically dysfunctional as people were seen to gather at city intersections and held public events at places.

The hand washing facilities installed at different points were found useless for the lack of water and soap while the councillors were ignoring the poor people living in their wards.

Dhaka north city’s re-elected mayor Atiqul Islam said that he asked the general councillors to pick 150 poor people and women councillors 100 poor people of their areas to bring them under regular food coverage.

Dhaka south city mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said that he targeted to provide food supports to 50,000 poor people.

The mayor is seen every day distributing food among the poor at different areas despite allegations of irregularities and mismanagement.

On Monday, over hundred destitute people backed home empty hand after waiting for relief in front of Nagar Bhaban where mayor Sayeed Khokon was scheduled to distribute relief among the poor.

On March 28, the DNCC inaugurated spraying of anti-infection chemicals inside the public buses from its two bus terminals at Gabtoli and Mohakhali.

But, workers of the limited number of buses that are still plying the city roads said that none in the terminals sprayed their buses with anti-infection chemicals and they saw none there to monitor the situation.

Both the mayors, however, said that they were trying to reach everyone despite their limitations. They also urged the rich to come forward in helping the poor.

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