Kozhikode: The Kerala government, which claims to have arranged quarantine facility for 2 lakh people, has not even arranged facilities for 1000 people, said deputy leader of Opposition, M. K. Muneer.
Most of the quarantine facilities set up by the government have filled up. Now, the government is unable to provide proper quarantine facility for those returning to the state including those coming from outside the state.
Muneer was leading the protest here organised by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) at district Collectorates across the state seeking to bring back Keralites stranded in other states.
“We must welcome Keralites from other states just like we welcomed expats who returned from abroad. The government must clarify what exactly is the problem in bringing back Keralites from other states. Those who are claiming to have arranged all the facilities must be ready to take those coming from other states in institutional quarantine. Aren’t there facilities to test these people? The government must not turn a deaf ear when we ask such questions,” Muneer said.
“We are ready to arrange food and transport facilities at various states under the leadership of the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) but permission is being denied. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan must let go of his stubbornness in this regard,” Muneer said.
Many, including people working in other states, students and pregnant women have not received passes to return to Kerala. Although the government is asking them to contact NORKA, nobody there is responding to them, the IUML leader said.
Earlier, when the Karnataka government closed down its borders with Kerala, the CM had called it inhumane. But now, the CM is demanding to lockdown the state borders, Muneer alleged.