–The force will be assigned tasks on a daily basis
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (PM) on Youth Affairs Usman Dar on Thursday said that the registration process of “Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force” has had a successful beginning as around 100,000 youngsters have registered themselves to serve as volunteers.
“The youth wants to register themselves with the force,” Usman said, adding that they are collecting data and would expand parameters to the district level soon.
He said that the opposition was trying to create a controversy regarding the force, but he wanted to convey to them that the volunteer force would be formed above party lines. “The force would work in collaboration with district administrations to look after the affairs of quarantine centres,” he added.
It may be mentioned here that the force will also be responsible for ensuring uninterrupted food supply to the less-privileged people at their doorstep in an emergency situation.
Dar said that the PM wanted to engage the youth in the fight against COVID-19, keeping in view their enthusiasm and efficiency seen at the time of natural calamities in the past.
“Every country around the world was calling their volunteers to work collectively. The Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) are criticising every positive step instead of joining hands with the government,” he said, adding that they had not even collected data of the poor in the past, which is now the need of the hour and taking a lot of precious time.
“This is not the right time to indulge in negative politics as we all are passing through a difficult phase,” he said.
He further urged the youth to get themselves registered as volunteers through the Citizen Portal mobile application to support PM Imran Khan in the national service of helping people during the lockdown.
Dar said that the premier trusts the youth with the task of delivering essential commodities to the needy during the current crisis as they have always been supportive of him in social work.
Dar also clarified that the word “tiger” should not be attributed to any political party. “Every youth serving society is a tiger. Imran Khan was calling them tigers since the day when he had not joined politics,” he added.
Apprising more regarding the project, he said that data collection including details of deserving families from across the country will be completed by April 10.
The programme will enlist people over the age of 18 through the Citizens Portal whereas registered volunteers will work with district administrations and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The responsibilities of the Corona Relief Tiger Force include delivering food & essential commodities, running awareness campaigns, identifying poor people, quarantine management etc.
“They will be assigned responsibilities on a daily basis,” Dar informed.
“The youth will join the frontline in the fight against coronavirus along with nurses, paramedical staff and doctors,” he concluded.