New Delhi: Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh were rated as the best states in terms of handling the second wave of the COVID-19 according to a survey by the LocalCircles. On the other end, Delhi, Bihar, and West Bengal were reported as the lowest by their citizens.
59 per cent of Tamil Nadu citizens that participated in the polls were satisfied by their government’s response during the second wave.
Andhra Pradesh came in next with 54 per cent of the population satisfied with their government’s response followed by Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra respectively.
Meanwhile, West Bengal was the worst-performing state with only 17 per cent of citizens expressing satisfaction with their government’s response.
Delhi and Bihar came in next with 20 per cent of citizens happy with their government’s response followed by Telangana and Karnataka at 23 and 25 per cent respectively.
The survey was conducted in the 17 largest states of the country and asked the citizens to rate their government on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parameters of the ratings were availability of testing kits, containment, hospital beds, oxygen, medicines, etc.
In Tamil Nadu, the survey covered 3120 respondents out of which 32 per cent of the citizens rated their government’s handling of the pandemic as “very effective’ while 27 per cent rated it as “effective’.
A further 27 per cent said that the government’s response was “somewhat effective” while the rest 11 per cent said that it was “ineffective”.
In Andhra Pradesh, 27 per cent said that the government was “highly effective” during the pandemic while 27 per cent said that it was “effective”.
In the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, 32 per cent of the respondents expressed their satisfaction with the government’s response and said that it was “highly effective.”
However, 19 per cent of the respondents termed UP’s reaction to the pandemic as “total failure”.
On the other end of the table, only 17 per cent of the total respondents in West Bengal said that the response taken by the government was “effective” while 17 per cent said that the government totally failed to control the pandemic.
Bihar fared marginally better with 20 per cent respondents satisfied with their government’s response.
Furthermore, 60 per cent of the people in the state termed their government’s response as a “total failure.”
The national cpital was also among the worst perfomrers with 31 per cent of the total citizens rating the government’s responses as “total failure”.
The survey said, “A major obstacle for all states has been to create awareness about testing and isolation. Many states reported that people did not want to get tested despite having symptoms due to social stigma attached to it”.
It also said that states like West Bengal didn’t update their COVID-19 relief website for a period of two weeks.
The survey further urges the states to ramp up their infrastructure for the COVID-19 third wave.
“Each State should focus on taking action and perform better in the imminent 3rd wave, which per experts is likely to hit India in 6-8 weeks if COVID protocol is not followed,” it said.