Guwahati: It took no time for netizens in the state to take out their anger, emotions as well as suggestions on Twitter as Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna sought general public to place their opinions on the proposed Guwahati Unlock 1.0.
Hours after State health minister Himnata Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that Guwahati will start opening on a phase-wise manner, the top official took it Twitter and wrote, “In view of the rapid rise of COVID 19 cases in Assam, especially in Guwahati, what are your concerns and expectations for Unlock 1.0?.”
The state government has been facing a lot of criticism in recent times from Oppositions and civil society groups and public for re-imposing Lockdown in the capital city. Guwahati has been under a complete lockdown for almost three weeks now.
Replying to Krishna’s tweet, city denizens have questioned the outcome of the ongoing lockdown. They said though the lockdown was brought in to arrest the chain of COVID 19 infection here, it failed and Guwahati continued to surge in the tally.
“Is lockdown solution? If it’s so Assam would not have got daily 800+ cases.TN (Tamil Nadu) daily cases3000+ but still open. Ministers, govt employees are getting their salaries so they may agree to it. Come and see the mental and financial condition of the middle class whom no one helping,” said one Hemlata Baid.
Many users alleged that the government has only multiplied the crisis with the lockdown. Talking about the crisis faced by daily wagers and street vendors, many termed the decision of lockdown as ‘criminal’.
A Twitter user named Rituraj Hazarika replied to Krishna: “Authoritarian lockdown is also can be termed as a criminalised lockdown. It’s not a solution to fight COVID in anyways.”
There were many who also advocated of granting certain relaxation and continuation of business activities maintaining safety measures strictly.
Pranjit Aditya Phukan wrote: “Sir my suggestions/expectations, till vaccine or substitute medicines are available: 1) night curfew 7 pm to 6 am, 2) wholesale markets alternative days to run 3) retailer groceries as it is currently 4) most importantly weekly bazaars of vegetables/roadside must not be allowed.”
A section also wanted allowing of inter-district transportation by private vehicle. They said health checkup and maintaining the record of traveller is necessary.
A user named Shakeera Choudhury has asked the state government to run a public campaign on why social distancing is extremely important. “Also Govt. must continue to emphasise on health infrastructure, emotional support and public participation to boost capacity to tackle the virus,” she said.
The Chief Secretary has already received over one thousand replies on his post and counting. He is likely to come up with the fresh guidelines on Saturday.
Guwahati was brought under a complete lockdown on June 28 for two weeks following a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the urban area. Later, it was extended for one more week and slated to end on Sunday evening.