After Sindh became the first province to announce a lockdown on March of 22, 2020 closing non-essential shops and businesses and restricting movement. Concerns arose about survival of daily wagers and others living below the poverty line.
The provincial govt announced it would distribute rations among deserving people and CM Murad Ali Shah formed a 5-member committee for relief work, which included ministers Saeed Ghani, Imtiaz Sheikh and Nasir Hussain Shah, govt spokesman Murtaza Wahab and Chief minister’s Coordinator Haris Gazdar.
The provincial govt also launched a mobile application, Sindh Relief Initiative, for people and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to register themselves so the relief and distribution work could be streamlined.
While the Sindh govt has been commended by some for its early efforts to control the spread of the virus, it appears ration distribution has been off to a slow start. Almost two weeks into the lockdown, The govt was still working on chalking out a mechanism for distribution although its ministers said it was being finalised and ration distribution had already started.
The Sindh spokesperson Mr Murtaza Wahab said, the provincial govt had taken the first step and already distributed Rs600 million to some 95,000 families.