News report by Syed Nazia:
Mumbai: BMC Corporator Shayra Shafad Khan, Samajwadi Party, Ward No.134, Govandi, shares her views and experience since lockdown was imposed in Mumbai with Hello Mumbai News Team.
Mumbai: Mumbai is the worst Coronavirus affected city and which has been taking a heavy toll. Ever since the lockdown was imposed, many daily wage workers, poor and needy people have been gravelt impacted. They have been driven to poverty and penniless.
At this critical situation in the city, amid lockdown, Hello Mumbai News Team got an opportunity to interact with BMC Corporator Shayra Shafad Khan, Samajwadi Party, Ward No.134, Govandi over phone for her views and experience.
Speaking to us, she said that she has been facing difficulties ever since the imposition of the lockdown.
She stated that earlier lockdown was announced for just 21 days which was manageable and the people in her area could get some ration like daal,chawal,wheat etc.,
Shayra’s grievance is that the government announced the lockdown in a very short span of time and a lot of people were not prepared for it. Hence, most of the time even the ration that used to come was stale and of sub-standard quality. So she started distributing khichdi,chicken biryani, daal ,chaawal from her personal funds with some help from the NGos.
She also said that the government had promised to afford us financial aid and ironically, they haven’t received anything as yet. People having ration card are asked to pay money and their complaints are going to deaf ears. This doesn’t just end here she says- people living in small houses, shanties and slums do not maintain social distancing. Leave alone their plight their kids too step out as and when they get to hear of free distribution of food. Most of the people over there are daily wage earners who are now left penniless. The least the government could do is to provide them with free electricity and water.
She even says that the government did not give it an appropriate thought. Prior to the lockdown, the condition of the migrant workers was just worsening day by day . She faced one of the worst experiences which brings tears to her eyes and she feels this is the height and end of humanity.
Moreover some pregnant women were denied entry to the hospital and were even beaten up and sent back because the hospital was only taking covid-19 patients.To make things worse they were not treated properly even by the nurses .
She took up the matter and looking to the plight of women, she ensured that no women especially a pregnant women would face misbehaviour any further .She feels that the major problem engulfing the nation would always be poverty and people will die of hunger and poverty rather than due to being contracted by covid-19.
The people here are intensely gripped in fear without having the actual knowledge of the disease she adds .
Even then, they have been distributing she says. People are so scared that they fear they will contract the virus during food distribution.
There is even an SMS dumping ground which harms and pollutes the environment. This can prove hazardous to health of the people in her area. The situation is deterioting day-by- day. Even people from other wards approach her for help. However, she ensures that she is there for everyone and will do her best in whatever possible manner she can .
News Edit by K.V. Raman