Maha Government fiasco puts umpteen lives at stake
When the entire nation is grappling with Novel Coronavirus, the government instead of being prompt on the measures to battle against the pandemic is rather seen putting lives in danger with their incompetence to ensure health safety.
Here’s an incident that took place off late that is sure to shudder your belief in the Maharashtra government and raise eyebrows over its inefficiency in ensuring public safety in the face of Covid-19 crisis.
The never ending journey
On May 22, several people were to travel from Maharashtra to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu in the pursuit to reach their abode, while the financial capital of India continued to record maximum number of Covid-19 cases and fatality. One of the passengers named Manisha Chauhan, travelling from Lokhandwala to Solan, shared her plight with the ‘Uncommon Talks,’ about her gruesome travel experience with Indian railways, narrating the manifold lapse of the Maharashtra government.
According to her, no tests were exercised on the passengers before the journey, not even the thermal screen check. Upon reaching Thane station from the respective moving point, all passengers were lined up for tickets without any scope of social distancing — it was a massive cluster of 400.
The passengers were yet to encounter the biggest lapse and this time it was the trains. Almost everyone was taken aback after witnessing the condition of the coach. According to Manisha, “the train was decorated with litter all over the floor, a layer of dirt sheet on each seat that passengers had to clean up themselves, stinking lavatories, fans and lights hardly in function.” Disgusted by the series of lapse and the pathetic sight some passengers even aborted their journey and deboarded the train cursing the government. But the remainder of them had no choice but to continue their journey and somehow reach their respective homes.
Messy quarantine centres
The recklessness didn’t end here. Upon reaching Nalagarh, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, another set of challenges were kept in store for the lot. According to Manisha, a group of 15 of them were allotted a boys hostel in Nalagarh, Solan to keep themselves quarantined for the next few days. Allegedly, the hostel authorities initially manipulated them by promising proper cleanliness and sanitation in the premises, which was going to be their quarantine centre for the next few days. But again the promise failed to walk the talk. The group was welcomed by a room full of litter, stained tiles, cluttered and non-sanitised rooms, shoddy management followed by disappointment. Moreover, they were asked to clean the mess themselves if they were not satisfied with the services. Left with no option, they eventually did clean the rooms on their own.
The blame game
Adding to their never-ending troubles, the next day all passengers got a message saying “your sample has been collected”—a sample of a test which was never conducted. After reporting the issue in unison, the authority came to its defence saying, there might be some technical glitch with the government site.
After losing all hopes, Manisha took up the matter to the concerned authorities of Nalagarh, Solan and started swinging phones to some of the government machinery for help. The incident, however, did not go unreported and with the local media coming to their rescue, highlighting the utter shabbiness of her journey. Due to this, the respective nodal officers paid a visit to the quarantine centre the next day, who were again seen shirking off their duties on the pretext of some government site failure which was indeed a cover-up, according to Manisha. Finally, the Tehsildar of Nalagarh, Solan took the concern into his cognizance and their samples were collected. The authorities also promised to drop everyone till their doorsteps safely after screening the reports. Currently, the passengers are still waiting haplessly in the quarantine centre.
The onus of many ‘nobodies’
While, this, of course, is not the first incident where the government is seen lurching in assuring health safety lately. There have been a plethora of mind-boggling incidents across the nation that raises a big question on the intent and competence of the government.
Recently, the incident from Muzaffarpur railway station, where a toddler was seen waking up her mother, a migrant who had reportedly succumbed to extreme heat, hunger and dehydration during her transit from Bihar to Gujarat. This was one among the many ‘hard to forget’ moments of the ongoing mishandled lockdown. While the infant lost her mother, humanity was ashamed and the government buried its head in sand as if this has become a new normal.
A collective government failure of both the states especially Maharashtra government, bereft of any forward planning, health safety measures or of intent has left many thinking minds to wander on who is accountable for such repeated neglects and even to the extent of loss of lives.