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Dimapur DTF to pay for disposing dead bodies of poor families

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DIMAPUR, MAY 24: After the Dimapur Ao Youth Organization (DAYO) raised concerns over the high cost of burial in the new Naga Cemetery here, the Dimapur District administration today said in case of needy or poor families who are not in a position to pay any incidental cost of disposing dead bodies, the District Task Force shall bear the expense/cost for the same.

DAYO had earlier maintained that with the rise in COVID fatality in the District, it will be more humane that “at least a community-based welfare organization” should make free burial for COVID-19 deaths. It also wanted that the poorest of the poor be exempted from paying any burial fees, while also calling upon the District administration to immediately intervene and initiate corrective measures.
In an order issued today on ‘management and disposal of COVID-19 dead bodies,” DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan (IAS) said the identified dead bodies will be handed over to relatives for proper burial after taking all infection-control measures by the concerned hospital.
The order said the unclaimed dead bodies will be taken over by the SDRF for proper disposal. However, in circumstances where the relatives are not in a position to take a COVID positive dead body due to various constraints such as financial, logistics, etc, the SDRF shall assist in disposing the dead body, it said.

The DC’s order is in conformity with the SOP issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and Home Department, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority letter. (Page News Service)