Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
1. There is a necessity to aggressively involve local communities and civil society for the containment of pandemics like COVID-19. Comment. (250 words)
Why the question:
The article explains how Odisha is currently coping with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of supercyclone Amphan. This double occurrence is the first such experience for the state. Dealing with the twin challenges of managing both the events is extremely complex.
Key Demand of the question:
One has to explain the importance of actively involving local communities and civil society for the containment of pandemics like COVID-19.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Start with brief background of the ongoing pandemic situation.
The containment of pandemic requires awareness among local people. As most of the population living in villages with little knowledge about the pandemic, it is important to involve local communities at grassroots level.
Give examples such as – Odisha model of procuring village produce and delivering to the door steps was a success story. SHG people worked actively to feed the farmers and also helped maintain social distance.
Kudumbasree model of Kerala – aggressive testing was done at village level.
Suggest more such methods that can help in overcoming the concerns posed by the pandemic.
Conclude with way forward.