Kohima, May 21: Nagaland’s planning & coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs minister Neiba Kronu on Wednesday sought the support of the public to welcome the returnees from different parts of the country.
Speaking at the coordination meeting of Phek district legislators, NGOs and district administration convened by Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) at Pfutsero on May 20, the minister said that every possible effort need to be made to welcome and take care of the returnees at the institutional quarantine centres across Phek district.
“Let us welcome them,” Kronu said who is also the minister in-charge of Phek District Level Task Force on COVID-19.
He extended appreciation to Chakhesang Baptist Church Council for allotting its Mission Centre as one of the quarantine centres for returnees.
Kronu extended appreciation to DC, SP, CMO Phek, churches and civil societies for their continuous efforts and initiatives to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He told the meeting that Phek district legislators were the first legislators from Nagaland to come out and purchase the equipment and distributed the same to the public.
The minister also assured to make the equipment available to the various health centres as and when require.
Kronu called upon the people to ponder over the status of the state’s economy and how to attain self-sufficiency in agricultural sector.
“We cannot rely on GoI every time,” he said and stressed on the need to regain and recover the economy, which had been advisedly affected due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Kronu said that the government has already identified few intellectuals and entrepreneurs and had several round of discussion on supply chain.
State Economic Strategy Committee has also been set up, he said.
He maintained that ‘assure- market’ to the villagers is paramount to enable the villagers to produce more.
“We have to find out channel for villagers to market their produce,” he said.
Also speaking at the meeting, MLA Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu said “Now it is not a time to criticize. Now it is not a time to point finger at one another. Now it is not a time to play blame game. Now it is a time to come together and fight this Corona virus.
In case of relaxation of Lockdown, Azo said it is everybody duty to try and practice self lockdown and take all precautionary measures.
Social distancing protocol should be maintained at all cost and all the times, he said.
Expressing concern over false informations/propagandas doing the round on social media, he said that educating the people at this very moment has become very important.
In this, he requested DC, CPO, church leaders and frontline workers to disseminate correct information to the public for a healthy society.
He also requested DC and SP Phek to enforce lockdown guidelines effectively within Phek district.
Further, Azo requested CPO to call for another meeting on the confronting economic issue and the famine like situation that we are going to face, which, he said is more dangerous.
Touching on quarantine facilities under Phek district, CPO president Mikha Kenye said that Phek district HQs alone cannot host all the returnees so in coordination with the district administration it decided to spread into four blocks at Phek, Meluri, Pfutsero and Chozuba in order to take care of returnees.
He said that CPO has also given direction to the concerned villages under its jurisdiction not to make rules above the guidelines and regulations issued by the health ministry or central/ state government.
MLA Dr. Chotisuh Sazo, MLA Kezhienyi Khalo, Phek deputy commissioner Sachin Jaiswal, Phek SP Vesupra Kezo, Phek CMO Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfhuo and Chakhesang Mothers’ Association president Zhonelu Tunyi also spoke at the meeting.
Further, on invitation of the minister, Nagaland Medical Council president Dr Joyce Angami and Kohima Educational Trust chairman Dr. P.Ngully also interacted with the public on COVID- 19 pandemic.
(Page News Service)