Dimapur, March 29: While the Central Government announced 21 days nationwide lockdown as a means of public health emergency to prevent the spread of novel COVID-19, and various NGOs and other local bodies toiling hard to provide food items and various other products so as to combat the unprecedented challenge face by the poor people especially homeless, the Dimapur Naga Students Union has expressed surprise at the directive of the Food and Civil Supply Department to Priority Household agents to deposit 3 months advance money on or before April 15.
The DNSU questioned as to how the Government department ever thought of such directives at this crucial period of time, where the poor people are the most challenging section of society to go through this hardship, and whereas the Central Government has announced free additional supply of Rice/Food grains for three months.
Whether or not the Central Government gives order or announces to issue free essential commodities, it is the inherent moral duties of the Government to take up such steps, it said.
The Union also expressed it’s serious concern over the unavailability of the COVID-19 testing kit.
Stating that the COVID-19 case is rising in the country and neighbouring states, and as such lack of facilities has become a threat and fear to the citizens, the Union appealed to the Government to install COVID-19 testing lab at the earliest without any delay.
Meanwhile, the Union expressed gratitude to sincere service bestowed by Doctors, Nurses, police personnel and other government agencies in fighting ‘toil and sweat’ to prevent the spread of the novel COVID-19.
While appreciating the good deeds of the various NGOs for their invaluable contributions in cash and in kinds to the needy, the Union also anticipated other local bodies, churches, charities, community organizations etc to come forward and render the same goodwill charity service towards the poor people at least in one’s own locality, especially the homeless who are one of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 disease. (Page News Service)