Stranded in Goa, Nafisa Ali gets government's help
After news surfaced that veteran actor and politician Nafisa Ali Sodhi has been stranded in Goa due to the lockdown, state government officials reached out to help her. Nafisa is currently in North Goa's Morjim town, a one-hour drive away from the state capital Panaji. The 63-year-old, a cancer survivor, had earlier said she was running out of ration and her medicines.
After the actor's plight came to light, Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant sent a local administrative officer to look after her needs. The CM tweeted, "Local Incident Commander has established contact with her and necessary help has been extended." Nafisa, in a tweet, said she was grateful to Goa administration "that came to check on me & discuss how to resolve issues... (sic)."
Local Incident Commander has established contact with her and necessary help has been extended. pic.twitter.com/r2YUMtgpSm— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) April 2, 2020
Nafisa, who appeared in movies such as Life in a... Metro and Yamla Pagla Deewana, had arrived in Goa in March to live with her daughter. However, she could not return to Delhi after lockdown was announced. "The first week (after the lockdown) was very hard here in Goa...Everything was locked down so there was nothing available, no water, vegetables, ration," she told PTI.
The aid from the government comes after Nafisa told media that she was only consuming dry food as grocery shops were shut for nearly a week in Morjim. She added she had almost run out of her medicines, which were not available in the town. Nafisa also recently revealed that her niece was diagnosed with COVID-19. Fortunately, she has now recovered completely.
The 21-day lockdown over coronavirus pandemic, which commenced on March 25, has mounted plenty of problems for citizens, especially for poor and migrant workers. Many people lost their jobs. Some are running out of savings, while others are unable to travel back home.