Dimapur, May 19: The Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) said that the state Government if facing new challenges with the return of stranded people into Nagaland and appealed to all the constituent members of ABCC to step up in any way possible to help ease the efforts of the government for common good of all.
Stating that there may be loopholes or inadequacy in the government’s preparation, the ABCC said those areas are opportunities to help.
“It is time to give, not hold back, help and not react. Perhaps a time will come when we can evaluate or express our opinions later,” ABCC Executive Director, V Atsi Dole said in a circular.
Stressing on the need for quarantine facility and related services, the ABCC appealed to the “able” Churches to help meet this temporal need.
The ABCC suggested them to offer their facility to be quarantine centres; provide a meal for the centres nearby; donate financial assistance to the management of the centres; give spiritual leadership and guidance in creative ways; and any other way they can think of helping.
It also asked the Churches to make sure their members who have returned home do not apply the financial assistance from the government which is meant for those who chose to stay where they are outside of Nagaland.
Meanwhile, Kohima Baptist Pastor’s Fellowship has informed all Pastors to inform if there are any volunteers from their respective Churches who are willing to be engaged in Stranded Returnee Quarantine Centres.
The KBPF stated that Kohima Municipal Council has approached them regarding the need of volunteers for housekeeping works (sweeping, cleaning, laundry work etc) in Stranded Returnee Quarantine Centres under Kohima and has assured that those willing to serve would be paid an amount of Rs 20,000 per month and would be provided with proper gears and no physical contact with the quarantine patients while performing their duties.
It also informed that during a meeting on May 18, it was decided that any individual from the respective Churches willing to do the job should be purely on voluntary/commitment basis.
Therefore, if there is any willing candidate for the said service, their kind service in this challenging time would be greatly appreciated, it stated. (Page News Service)