‘No shortage of essential commodities’
Dimapur, March 23: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today appealed to the people of Nagaland not to panic but be alert and cautious to prevent and contain the spread of corona virus in the State.
Addressing the people of the State on COVID-19 through Doodarshan Kendra Kohima and All India Radio Monday evening, the Chief Minister said, “There is no need to panic but have to be alert and cautious to ensure that we are not infected.”
The CM also addressed the issue of panic buying of essential commodities by citizens of the State, assuring that there is no shortage of essential commodities in all the districts.
Rio assured that till now there is no confirmed case of anyone being infected by the virus in the State. “However, there is no reason to be complacent or to lower our guard,” he said while seeking cooperation and support of every citizen in adhering to all the steps and preventive measures taken by the Government to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.
Rio appealed to all people, particularly students coming from outside the State, to first stay in private areas or buildings for quarantine. In order to cater them, Niathu Resort, Dimapur and Cricket Academy, Sovima have been kept ready for utility.
He also appealed to all sections across the country to be sensitive to all communities and refrain from racial profiling and discrimination at this juncture.
The next few weeks are very crucial in our fight to defeat Covid-19, he said and expressed hope that with the active participation of all, we can together overcome these difficult times.
“These are extraordinary times and we need to unite in order to face the challenge under a spirit of oneness. Every citizen is a member of team Nagaland and together we will overcome the hurdles that lie ahead,” Rio stated.
Earlier in a video conference on COVID-19 with all the District Task Force at the Chief Secretary’s office chamber today, the CM appealed to all the citizens to adopt various practices of personal hygiene and social distancing as recommended by the health authorities and urged the people to be vigil and help the authorities in preventing the spread of fake news.
He directed the District Task Force lead by respective DC’s to play a crucial role in disseminating information and monitoring the situation without any complacence. He also urged the DCs to involve NGOs and civil societies in mobilizing public support.
Updating the CM about the progress in their districts, all the DCs confirmed that the District Task Force and Sub-Divisional Task Forces are actively functioning and following all the orders issued by the Government. However, all the DCs expressed the need for more ambulance, PPEs, ventilators, N-95 mask and hand sanitizers to which CM assured to look into by the Government.
The DCs also assured that there was no shortage of essential commodities in all their respective districts and urged the public not to panic. However, some DCs expressed concern over price hike from the source i.e., Assam and requested the CM to take up the matter with the Assam Government. The DCs of districts having international borders confirmed that the borders have been sealed and are being manned vigorously by the Village Guards.
Concerns over stranded students in other parts of the country were also brought out by some DCs to which the CM assured to be looked into.
Chief Secretary Temjen Toy IAS said all the inputs shared by the District Task Force have been noted and necessary action will be taken. He urged the DTF to closely monitor the situation in all the districts. (Page News Service)