Thursday Sep 10, 2020
A UK publication, Asian World, has put out a list of politicians who worked hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, rolling out bills, introducing aid packages or mitigating the crisis one way or the other.
The list features Prime Minister Imran Khan at the top and also includes his special assistant Zulfi Bokhari among the likes of Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Prime Minister Imran Khan
Asian World has placed Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on the top of the list in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus in the country.
The publication cited the prime minister's relief fund — the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme — that has provided hundreds of thousands of people with cash stipends during the crisis and will provide jobs to the ones who unfortunately got unemployed during the pandemic.
US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been at the forefront of those helping the needy during the pandemic, voicing for more financial support for the disadvantaged population.
"She has been pushing for more financial support to those in disadvantaged communities especially in poor areas where working from home is not an option." the publication said.
New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern
The Kiwi prime minister had put a strict and successful lockdown in the country which yielded positive results as at a certain point in time, there were no active cases of the infection in the country.
Arden, in a bid to revive the economy, is looking forward to lifting the curbs, with a four-day working week.
Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is also listed among the world leaders who swiftly dealt with the pandemic. She declared a state of emergency and took measures to stem the spread of the virus. This included a €15 billion support package for businesses and individuals to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
She has used traditional media to reach out to people that are unreachable through traditional media. This was primarily done by seeking social media influencers' help.
Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman for Minnesota, USA
The world felt the economic impact of COVID-19 and Minnesota, USA is no different. However, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar came to the people's rescue as she rolled out a bill in the USA to cancel rent and mortgage payments during the Coronavirus crisis.
Justin Trudeau, current Prime Minister of Canada
"Justin proposed the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who can’t work and are worried about basic living expenses," stated Asian World.
Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, Special Assistant to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development
The Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development has been at the forefront of the coronavirus crises in trying to help stranded Pakistanis return to the country.
Bokhari played a prominent role in ensuring Pakistanis from around the world — stuck without money and at times, food — were repatriated back to the country.
Leo Varadkar, former Prime Minister of Ireland
Leading from the front, the former Irish prime minister earned a lot of praise for recently re-registering himself as a doctor to help ease the strain on healthcare workers during the pandemic.
"He has been helping out in phone assessments, helping the health care services in any way he can," stated the portal.
Jagmeet Singh, Canadian Member of Parliament
Jagmeet, a Canadian lawmaker, has been putting the pressure on authorities to ensure that the aid package declared by the government for workers during the pandemic, goes to them.
He has called for transparency to ensure those who need the financial help the most, get it.
Fawzia Zainal, Bahraini, first woman speaker of Bahrain
Zainal is the first woman to lead Bahrain’s government, elected as speaker of the Council of Representatives.
The leader, along with other members of the parliament, proposed a bill aimed at controlling the quality of remote education and ensuring students are provided their due rights and the proper infrastructure required for distance learning.