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Plea in Rajya Sabha to provide free face masks to the poor

A demand to provide free of cost face masks to poor and vulnerable sections of the society to help them combat the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic was made in Rajya Sabha today.

Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, CPI (M) member Binoy Viswam said using soap and wearing a mask are the best preventive measures against the COVID-19.

But, 30% of the population does not know the importance of this and disregards the need for masks either because of poverty or illiteracy, he said. – PTI