Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday appealed to people to cooperate with Anganwadi workers doing door-to-door screening, and requested them not to visit any mosque during Ramzan amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Owaisi said, “We should all cooperate with our lifesavers who are doctors, nurses, police and ASHA workers. We should follow social distancing and cooperate with the employees who are coming for screening in GHMC areas, as most of the cases are from that place. Now that the Ramadan season is going to start, I request you all not to pray in mosques. Nobody should come out after 7 pm as it is curfew time.”
“We are doing this to protect, support and encourage the ASHA workers and Anganwadi employees who are going to each house for screening. I request everyone to cooperate with the Anganwadi employees who come to your home for screening, respect them and welcome them in a proper way. We can kick out the coronavirus when we cooperate with the Government,” he said.
Owaisi said, “In the entire Hyderabad parliament constituency, Nampally assembly segment, Borakpur, Moulali, Shakepet, Erragada municipal ward, 178 PPE kits are being disturbed by MIM party. We are also giving 2640 mini kits, altogether it is 2881.”
“We all together should stop it, and we are together, we can stop the spread of this deadly disease. This is a critical situation for poor people. KCR and KTR accepted my request to give access to the Annapurna centres. There are 55 Annapurna centres put up in Hyderabad where food will be served till 6:00 pm,” he added
PM did not think about migrant labourers while announcing lockdown
“The lockdown announced by our Prime Minister was unplanned. He did not think about the migrant labourers from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand who are working in urban cities,” said Owaisi.
Citing an example of the 12-year-old girl who died of exertion as she exhausted after walking over 100 km from Telangana to Chattisgarh, he said, “Migrant labourers are suffering and some are even resorting to committing suicide as the lockdown have scared them and they are unable to reach their homes.”
Owaisi also said that most of these migrant labourers do not have a bank account nor a ration card, hence, “the government should give them money based on their Aadhar card number.”
“The surplus rice in godowns should be distributed to the needy people instead of using it to make sanitisers as proposed by the Food Corporation of India,” the AIMIM chief said while adding that Rs 30,000 crore Central Vista project which was approved by the Centre should be stopped and the money should be diverted to help the needy people.
Questioning the Centre’s plan after the lockdown is over, he asked, “What will happen to the migrants and will they get back their jobs?”
He also took a dig on the recent comment made by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on the Tablighi Jamaat attendees. “You said that coronavirus does not target a particular community but didn’t a member of your Cabinet say Talibani Jamaat instead of Tableeghi Jamaat.”