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Govt urged to introduce effective home delivery system in city


GUWAHATI, March 29 - Several leading personalities here are of the opinion that to rule out all possibilities of chaos at the grocery stores, which may add to the coronavirus threat in Assam, the State government should introduce an effective home delivery system for distribution of grocery and other edible items and medicines, without affecting the norms of social distancing.

If required, the government may also involve NGOs of the individual localities to execute its plans for delivering such items at the doorsteps of the common people, they said.

Nayan Baruah, former Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Gauhati University, said there should be a permanent mechanism for delivering the goods and services, which are inaccessible through internet delivery system, at the doorsteps, as the fight against COVID-19 is likely to continue for quite a long time. The government may involve NGOs to ensure smooth distribution of grocery items, vegetables, milk, fruits, etc., he added.

BC Patowary, former head of the National Institute of Hydrology, Guwahati Regional Centre, said that the government should evolve an effective home delivery system which can serve the common people.

Save Guwahati Build Guwahati president Krishno Kanto Barooah said the government should develop the home delivery system as an effective tool in the country�s fight against novel coronavirus. If possible, voluntary organisations should be involved in the distribution of grocery items, vegetables, etc., at the doorsteps of the people, he added.

Former tea executive Bolin Bordoloi said the government�s notification directing the grocery shops to supply the essential edible commodities is a welcome step. But, to avoid any unruly behaviour on the part of the buyers during the lockdown period, he suggested that the government should actively involve the well-known NGOs, voluntary organisations or religious functionaries of the respective localities to help the owners of the grocery shops operate in a disciplined manner.

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