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Dimapur racing against time to arrange accommodation for returnees

Kikheto sema

Churches, tribal hohos urged to be ‘mentally prepared’
Dimapur, May 16: With nearly half of the more than 18000 citizens of Nagaland registered with the State Government to return to the State from different parts of India set to be accommodated in Dimapur, the Dimapur District authorities are racing against time to increase the number of quarantine facilities to accommodate all the returnees.
Agriculture Production Commissioner, who is State Government’s in-charge of Dimapur district for COVID-19 activities, Y Kikheto Sema, IAS said the Dimapur District accommodation committee has so far identified accommodation for around 3500 returnees and is working to enhance the capacity within the next few days.
Addressing a co-ordination meeting on Saturday to review COVID 19 preparedness and to discuss issues for accommodating stranded people who are arriving Nagaland, Kikheto appealed to tribal hohos, churches, colonies/ wards/villages to be mentally prepared to accommodate their own children/ people with quarantine facilities, should the facilities arranged by the State/ district administration gets exhausted to accommodate the incoming people from various states of India.
The meeting noted that out of more than 18000 registered returnees plus many unregistered stranded persons, nearly 50% will be Dimapur bound and therefore accommodation will be a cause of concern.
It was decided that returnees bound for Kohima, Wokha, Zuneboto, Kiphire, Longleng, Mokukchung, Tuensang and Phek will be sent to Kohima. Dimapur will host the returnees bound for Peren and Mon districts where they will be segregated and after registration with their details would be sent to their respective districts.
“From the total incoming people, Dimapur district alone will comprise 50% and with Peren and Mon it will come to around 65 to 66%, so it will be a huge challenge for Dimapur,” Sema noted.
In the meeting, it was also observed that several complaints were being raised by the village councils/organizations, etc with regard to setting up of quarantine centers in Government established infrastructures as well as schools and college hostels. In this regard, Kikheto appealed to all concern to extend cooperation during such extraordinary times while adding that the Government is working on war footing for the welfare of everyone.
“How can anyone deny their own brothers/ sisters/ children who are in distress and willing to come home and be with their parents and loved ones?” Sema questioned .
Kikheto was also optimistic that the Church will keep their Church rest houses and infrastructures ready to be used as quarantined centers, if not for others but at least for their own Church members. Similarly, all the villages under Dimapur district has been advised to arrange quarantine centers for their own villagers as has been done in other districts and states. Sema felt that such times call for joint responsibility of both the Government and the community.
With regard to circulation of fake news, particularly about the 20 people running away from quarantine centre, Agri Expo site, it was decided that henceforth, the person creating fake news and also the persons forwarding without authentication will be punished as per provision of law.
In the meeting, threadbare discussion with the conveners of various committee were held and Sema appreciated their selfless sacrifices and for walking the extra mile and appealed to them to continue to work with the same spirit. In the meeting it was also decided to include more members in some committee as the number of incoming people is increasing.
We need the support of all the citizens while we fight with the unseen virus, so let us all come together to solve the problem collectively, Kikheto appealed. (Page News Service)