Taming an Untimely Crisis With Assurance of Supplies
Times have drastically changed over the past few weeks, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread across the world. The fight that India and every other affected country is waging against this deadly pandemic has made us humans as a species realise that the times to come will certainly be more uncertain than what we have been expecting them to be. Such a revelation calls for an immediate, collaborative, standardised planning for these untimely acts of god, and proactively so. The sheer intensity and speed with which the virus has shaken the socio-economic fabric of most nations worldwide, has beckoned us to anticipate, adapt and respond better towards situations which can turn disastrous, if not handled with proper care and precautions. And not only have these responses been random, they have clinically struck balance among various aspects which govern the lives of people - family, society, culture, politics, economics, healthcare, and most importantly food, which is the first imperative for human survival.
Having imposed an early lockdown for a duration of three weeks to control the spread of this viral outbreak and counter its effects in a country with a population of over 1.3 billion people, other countries have followed suit in their own ways with mixed results so far. The key lesson to take away here is that times like these seldom announce their arrival, and we as a citizen of the nation have a part to play in times of such a crisis. The need to ensure minimization of collateral damage which often accompanies an impasse such as this, as we ensure adequate food, healthcare facilities and other essential goods and services are supplied to every nook and corner of the country in a hassle-free manner. This imperative calls upon us to set up a new, alternative global industry that always sits on a battle-ready mode and gets an immediate go ahead in times of such crises. One such key industry may be termed as Crises Essentials Supply Assurance in addition to the National Disaster Management Authority. Such an umbrella industry will leave us with better preparation and help us absorb the impact of these crises-inflicted socio-economic shocks in a more effective manner. In effect, the countries across the world would face collateral damage as well as post-crisis economic recessions in an improved fashion, allowing the standard economy to keep running in an un-paused way.