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Maharashtra: Civil societies say relief measures not reaching needy

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19th April 2020 | The Indian Express

Nearly a month since the lockdown began, relief measures announced by both state and Central government are yet to reach the poor and needy, civil societies said.

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Members of several civil societies on Saturday said the state and Central governments need to revisit their current policies in the wake of the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19.

Nearly a month since the lockdown began, relief measures announced by both state and Central government are yet to reach the poor and needy, civil societies said, emphasising on the need for government collaboration with local communities and NGOs for ward-level planning to create appropriate channels for the procurement of relief material, as well as implementation of decisions.

In an online press conference, social activist Bilal Khan said, “Not a single component of the 1.7 lakh crore relief package announced by the government has reached the poor. Many don’t have money to buy a new gas cylinder, and free gas announced by the government has not yet reached them…”

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