New Delhi, Mar 27: President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday expressed hope that Indian society’s inherent strength of "sharing and caring" and the government’s measures would mitigate the sufferings of the most vulnerable sections of society, particularly the workers of the unorganised sectors and the destitutes.
The President exhorted Governors, LGs and Administrators to mobilise volunteers of Indian Red Cross society, voluntary and religious organisations to contain the menace at the earliest. In today's video-conference, 14 Governors and Delhi Lt Governor were shortlisted to share experiences in their territories as these areas were worst affected by the pandemic. The video conference began with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari outlining measures initiated by the state administration to combat the pandemic.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan lauded the role of government, voluntary organisations, medical professionals, paramedics and the police to act in a coordinated manner to persuade people to maintain social distancing in Kerala. He recited a couplet and said, "Yun hi basabab na fira karo, kisi shaam ghar bhi raha karo," which broadly translates to “Don’t roam around without any purpose, stay at home") to emphasise the significance of social distancing. Further, 1,800 retired doctors and MBBS students in the State have enlisted to volunteer with their services if the need arises. Altogether 375 psychologists have also been roped in to give advice to those who find quarantine a difficult phase in their lives.
This is considered to be an innovative move in Kerala worth emulating for other states. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala extolled the collective strength of the society to fight the menace. Almost 8,000 Red Cross Society volunteers in the State were working to spread awareness about the disease. Akshay Patra, a social organisation, is also actively involved in distributing food packets all over the state.(UNI)