National Logistics Cell (NLC) has mobilized its assets to help various government departments in the current lockdown. Their mission is to provide smooth transportation of relief goods to curb the outbreak of COVID-19. The number of novel coronavirus cases in Pakistan has risen to 2,007 with more than 150 confirmed in the last 24 hours. Moreover, the country’s death toll has jumped to 26, with 12 patients in critical condition.
Heavy vehicles have been provided to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Canteen Stores Department (CSD) as per their requirements. The purpose of these vehicles is to supply different kinds of cargo and food items from Lahore, Faisalabad and Muridke to Islamabad, Wah Cantt, Peshawar and other areas.
NLC officials show full commitment in this endeavour. They aim to play an effective role in goods transportation and maintain uninterrupted supply chain during the current lockdown. For this purpose, NLC placed more resources at the disposal of the government departments as and when required. NLC has also assured availability of transport from Karachi Port to upcountry for transportation of all corona preventive equipment.
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NLC: Government’s designated crisis manager
This is not the first time when NLC rose up to the occasion to help the government during a crisis. In fact, two months ago, Pakistan faced a nationwide national wheat crisis.
To help the government, NLC transported over 200 wheat-laden long vehicles every day, to meet the demand of local markets. They dispatched these vehicles daily from storage points of Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) in Punjab and Balochistan.
NLC transported a total of 302,000 tons of wheat from PASSCO godowns. These were located in Khanpur, Khanewal, Vehari, Bahawalnagar, Borewala, Multan Sahiwal, Alipur and Dera Allah Yar, to Karachi and Hyderabad, Sindh Food Godowns.
NLC, being the appointed crisis management organization of the government, has been playing commendable roles in the difficult situations. One could say that they are the government’s safety net of operations.