NC urges govt to facilitate safe return of people stranded in cities and highways

Gokul Baskota

KATHMANDU, April 17: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged the government to make necessary arrangements for the safe return of people stranded in Kathmandu Valley.

The shutdown of the economy due to nationwide lockdown has forced thousands of people especially workers who depend on daily wages for their living to travel hundreds of kilometers on foot to reach their villages.

“But the government has turned out to be a mere spectator instead of looking after these poor people,” said Deuba on Friday.

“I request the government to immediately arrange food to these migrating people and facilitate their travel so that they could return to their villages safely,” he added.

He has asked the party representatives at local governments to arrange food and accommodation to the traveling people.

The party has also expressed serious concern over the suffering of workers and daily wage earners due to lockdown.

“The government should provide immediately relief to these people who are most affected by the lockdown,” said party Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma.

“Don’t people traveling on foot on highways have a government?” he wrote on his Facebook page.