Govt. of NCT of Delhi continue ignoring the role of RWAs: Delhi RWAs Apex Body URJA
United Residents Joint Actions (URJA) has said that RWAs object to the remarks on Status of RWAs listed in guidelines issued under Corona lockdown4 by Govt. of NCT of Delhi. URJA, the apex body of RWAs in Delhi, which was set up in 2005, has expressed that the Govt. of NCT of Delhi continue ignoring the role of RWAs in its media briefing and notifications, though RWAs are repeatedly looking for a SOP from the state during this difficult time of Corona covid19 pandemic.
Besides state order's doesn't seem to specifically speak on the status of casual laborers’ and service providers who will resume work during lockdown4 relaxation.
In a written statement it was communicated that RWAs as a registered organization and its office bearers duly elected by the residents are staying within the legal framework and execute its lawful duties. It very much work and acts in the interest of protecting its member residents citizen of the city from further spread of the virus.
Atul Goyal, President, URJA says "while welcoming the directions by State Government of allowing certain activities during lockdown4 on the other hand he raised point of concern on the manner in which the state govt. functions which reconfirms that it is yet another attempt by state govt. to subvert and challenge the role of RWAs in last mile governance in absence of any SOP issued by Govt. and declaration of neighborhood information of infected persons."
Dr Ruby Makhija, Secretary- Navjiwan Vihar RWA: "Most RWAs have been working relentlessly, staying well within legal framework, to support the Government and Administration in war against Corona. The said statement seems to disregard and undermine all the hard work and efforts of these RWAs. It is indeed quite disheartening."
Samrat Yadav, President, Anand Lok Residents Association says, "RWAs as resident bodies are aware of the ground realities. Their primary purpose is the welfare of the residents in their neighbourhood. All the RWAs have always cooperated with Govt directives but at times they need to take some decisions in the best interests of the residents members as well. But those are never in contravention with the government directives."
Nakul Sharan,President-Green Park Extension Association says "This is with reference to the guidelines of lock down 4 as being circulated amongst the members of the public. It is painful to see how the RWAs are being targeted and shown in a negative light. In spite of severe financial and administrative constraints, the RWAs have stretched themselves way beyond their means to support all diktats of the politicians in power, the administration and the police."
Amit Aggarwal from Vasant Kunj says, "With new directions issued all the previous directions become null and void" and the directions doesn’t clarify as to what should be done either by the casual labours returning to work or the RWAs functioning he observed."
"RWAs are only dutifully screening the entrants before they resume work in their respective area under different house owners to ensure that there is no compromise on the safety of the residents. Strangely, a bus driver/conductor, an auto driver, a shop keeper can be entrusted with this responsibility but a duly elected body representing a residential area is seen with doubt. It is high time that the govt. appreciate the role of the RWAs in propagating their points of view with the residents of the respective colonies and keeping a semblance of sanity in the whirlpool that we have been thrown in." added Atul Goyal.
Over the last 15 years, URJA has been playing pivotal roles in various significant social issues pertaining to air pollution, waste management, water conservation, single-use plastic free movement, educating voters, and so on. URJA gathers, analyzes, disseminates information and aggregates public opinion to demand efficient delivery of civic amenities, health services, security, clean air and water to residents of Delhi through an accountable, efficient and responsive Government. The organization connects and has network with around 2500 RWAs apart from several significant NGOs of the city.
Do’s and Don’ts and Precautions at the time of Disaster
Disaster, both natural and man made, creates chaos and panic. It is important to maintain calm and focus on life saving. The following steps could be helpful:
1. Do not panic, evacuate calmly and quickly perpendicular to wind direction through the designated escape route
2. Keep a wet handkerchief or piece of cloth/ sari on face during evacuation
3. Keep the sick, elderly, weak, handicapped and other people who are unable to evacuate inside house and close all the doors and windows tightly.
4. Do not consume the uncovered food/ water etc open to the air, drink only from bottle.
5. Change into fresh clothing after reaching safe place/ shelter, and wish hands properly.
6. Inform Fire & Emergency Services, Police and medical services from safe location by calling 101, 100 and 108 respectively.
7. Listen to PA (Public Address) System of the plant/ factory, local radio/ TV channels for advice from district administration/fire/health/police and other concerned authorities.
8. Provide correct and accurate information to government official.
9. Inform others on occurrence of event at public gathering places (like school, shopping centre, theatre etc.).
10. Don’t pay attention to the rumours and don’t spread them.
11. Do not smoke, lit fire or spark in the identified hazardous area.
12. Sensitize the community living near the industrial units and they should be more vigilant about the nature of industrial units and associated risks.
13. Keep the contact numbers of nearest hazardous industry, fire station, police station, control room, health services and district control room, for emergency use.
14. Avoid housing near the industries producing or processing the hazardous chemicals, if possible.
15. Participate in all the capacity building programmes organized by the government/ voluntary organizations / industrial units.
16. Take part in preparing disaster management plan for the community and identify safe shelter along with safe and easy access routes.
17. Prepare a family disaster management plan and explain it to all the family members.
18. Make the family/ neighbours aware of the basic characteristics of various poisonous/ hazardous chemicals and the first aid required to treat them.
19. Adequate number of personal protective equipments needs to be made available, to deal with emergency situation.
20. Prepare an emergency kit of items and essentials in the house, including medicines, documents and valuables.
Exemplary Humanity, Generosity, and Efforts of the Doctor Couple
During the Novel Corona Lockdown, doctors appointed in government hospitals in the state are helping the general public in fighting the corona on the one hand, on the other hand, Dr. Yogendra Singh, in-charge of the Casualty Ward of the Civil Hospital, Gurugram, in fighting the people's corona Along with helping, he introduced a unique example of humanity and warm-heartedness to a young man of Yemen country by his family. He is being praised everywhere.
Dr. Yogendra had a lot of problems in introducing a Yemen citizen, whose age was about 22 years, to his family, but he did not give up. The first problem came with the language because this Yemen citizen did not even know Hindi or English. He knew only Arabic language and was declared missing by the Yemen Embassy. Due to language barrier, that person was unable to explain his point to anyone here and people here were considering him as crazy.
It happened that on April 18, the Haryana government's toll free number 108 comes to the notice that a person is lying on the roadside near Kadarpur village in Gurugram. He was brought to the civil hospital in Gurugram where it was found that the unidentified person had recently undergone major neuro-surgical surgery and was unable to explain his cause due to language barrier. Most doctors also considered him a psychiatric patient because he was running around and was not even supporting the hospital staff.
Meanwhile, Dr. Yogendra Singh, in-charge of emergency ward of civil hospital, understood his pain and tried to know his merge. He tried to find his family with the help of local police and administration, but was not successful. After this, on April 21, after giving the paper to that unknown person, he was asked to write on it, then he wrote something on that paper, which Dr. Yogendra tried to teach from different languages. The doctor felt that the unknown person had written something in Urdu but after studying Urdu's knowledge, it was found that it is Arabic language. After that, Dr. Yogendra translated that Arabic language on the Google Translator, then the person was identified as Yusuf of Yemen country. After this, Dr. Yogendra tried to contact him by searching the telephone number of Yemen Embassy on Googles itself, but no one was answering it. Dr. Yogendra then enlisted the help of his wife, Dr. Saroj Yadav, who is employed in the CGHS dispensary, and after visiting the Delhi Police personnel at the dispensary, the doctor reached the station in-charge of Greater Kailash, with whom the Yemen country. Yusuf's story was shared. Sepoy Hawa Singh from Greater Kailash police station was sent to the Yemen Embassy located in the Vasant Vihar police station area of Delhi, where it was found that the embassy office had shifted somewhere else. After further investigation, it was found that the embassy office is in Delhi Anand Niketan area, where the soldier Hawa Singh found no person, only a guard from whom he took the number of an employee of the embassy. From this number, the station in-charge obtained the number of the other staff of the embassy, on which Yusuf was referred. His family was summoned by the embassy and on 22 April Yusuf was handed over to his family in Gurugram in the presence of Yemen embassy staff.
Thus, with the efforts of Dr. Yogendra Singh, his wife, Dr. Saroj Yadav, and the in-charge station in-charge of Greater Kailash, Delhi Police, about 22-year-old Yusuf survived being admitted to the mental asylum and found his family. This attitude of humanity, generosity, and efforts of the doctor couple are being praised everywhere.