Lost the plot?

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

oPINIONS

Editorials

Lost the plot?

Swapnil Bharali | June 27, 2020 19:06 hrs


“Unlock, unlock, unlock,” said PM Modi hardly two weeks ago. This mantra echoed in the words of HBS as well; Guwahati had 'unlocked' much ahead of the rest of the nation, thanks to his gumption. And so you ponder: why another 14-day lockdown for Kamrup(M)? 
 



Whether this decision actually results in controlling the spread of Covid-19 in Guwahati only time will tell. The tale of the statistics post the earlier prolonged lockdown was all about influx of passengers leading to exponential growth in positive cases.


But what this lockdown would surely do is further cripple the already limping economy. Massive losses on all fronts is a given. Take the case of the essential goods stocks in transit. With no labour force to unload and no trucks to relay the distribution chain, the fate of these perishables is sealed. The ripple effect will be scarcity and price rise in the city’s markets as and when this latest lockdown is unlocked. Not to forget those wholesalers and traders who would be extremely apprehensive of ordering new supplies for fear of wastage.


Beyond all these potential losses are of course the lives of the daily wage earners for whom this latest announcement is akin to sounding the death knell. Already reeling under transit and travel hardships and looking to revive their sagging lives through daily earnings, a 14-day lockdown which does not guarantee the death of Covid-19 would surely be the cause of economic death of this huge workforce. 


What spurred this decision of the government is difficult to fathom especially in the backdrop of the central government’s announcement that Indians have to learn to live with Covid. With a low fatality rate, the recovery rate so promising and the total number of positive cases being more than modest, wouldn't it have been more prudent that Covid-19 protocols were more proactively enforced by the authorities rather than imposing another prolonged lockdown that comes with no guarantee of flattening the curve, leave alone eradicating the disease altogether?


Cities that have been affected far worse – Mumbai for example – have far more lenient protocols simply because the nation has to get on with life and the clarion call now is for the economy to revive. That livelihood is as important as life itself has been made loud and clear by no less that the PM himself. This lockdown makes one wonder if the state government has somehow actually lost the plot.

Comment (1) Post Comment
  • Dr praveen

    Hello everyone i am mrs sanjana i want to share a my story with you all i was in debt of 35 lacs and my life was in a bad stage i lost all i have gotten before so i made a decision that i want to sell my kidney and i came online and met a lots of scammers and they took 2 lakh from me and still i could not donate my kidney after a month i came back online and met one Dr. Praveen Raj online and he told me the procedure which did,they paid my 2 Cr before the operation and balance 2 Cr after the operation i only spend little money on this process but today am a very happy man and my families are so happy Thank you so much Dr. Praveen Raj, You can contact him on WhatsApp +919582879651 Call +919582879651 contact us via Email : drpraveenraj703@gmail.com