Launched on October 1, the survey initially shortlisted 25 Lok Sabha MPs on the basis of nominations received in their favour. Following field surveys in their constituencies and feedback from the ground, the list was pruned to the Top 10 names.
Speaking to TOI, Ujjain MP Anil Firojiya said, “When the pandemic began, Ujjain had the highest death rate of 30%. I set up a call centre to liaise between patients, their families and the district administration to ensure patients were getting good medical care. With the help of the CM, I also got 250 beds allotted for my constituency patients in Indore and Dewas, and five life support ambulances. The death rate due to coronavirus in Ujjain has now fallen to 1%.”
Speaking to TOI, Rahul Gandhi’s constituency aide said, “After the sudden lockdown, Rahul ji worked closely with the district administration to upgrade health infrastructure. He rushed masks, hand sanitisers, hand-held thermometers and ventilators, which were in short supply. He extended support to people from Wayanad and the rest of Kerala stranded in different parts of India and abroad who needed logistical support. We ran trains and buses to ferry people home, provided food packets, offered monetary assistance and helped run community kitchens so no one would go hungry.”
While Firojia, Reddy and Gandhi were in the top three slots, other MPs who received appreciation for their efforts during the pandemic included TMC MP Mahua Moitra, BJP’s Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya, Shiv Sena MP from Nashik Hemant Godse, Shiromani Akali Dal MP Sukhbir Badal, Indore BJP MP Shankar Lalwani, Chennai South’s INC MP T Sumathy, and Nagpur MP Nitin Gadkari.
The survey, conducted six months into the pandemic-induced lockdown, sought to identify the most helpful Lok Sabha MPs, and to identify key lessons that were learnt during the crises. It received 34.23 lakh nominations for MPs from across the country and the final list was consolidated on the basis of feedback from local people on efforts made by their MPs during the lockdown.
“Identify key actions that will make a quantum difference to the business rather than doing several things and expecting a few to succeed.” — Samir Jain