JORABAT, May 2 - Following a newsitem published in The Assam Tribune on Saturday regarding the hardships being faced by a woman healthcare worker in making both ends meet during the COVID-19 lockdown, the government machinery has stepped in to provide relief to her.
For more than a fortnight now, healthcare worker Manju Ray has been cycling over five kilometres daily along a hilly road to reach her workplace at Jorabat because of the lockdown. She is compelled to work in order to feed her family as her daily wage labourer husband is now out of job due to the lockdown.
Being a non-ration card holder, Manju apparently received no relief from the government amidst the lockdown. But things took a turn for the better for her after this newspaper published her plight on Saturday.
Upon receiving directions from the higher-ups, a ZPC member called up Manju this afternoon. She was later provided with 20 kilograms of rice from the relief stock meant for non-ration card holders. Manju also received 1 kg dal and Rs 100 cash from an individual from Jorabat who had read the news.
Manju has heaved a sigh of relief that Saturday�s news helped her get some relief from the government. She has also thanked the government for the relief.