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Govt earmarks Rs 50 lakhs of LADP for quarantine facilities, health infra

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Dimapur, May 21: The Government of Nagaland has decided that an amount of Rs 50 lakh out of the total allocation of Rs 150 per assembly constituency for Local Area Development Programme (LADP) funds will be earmarked for implementation of projects for strengthening health infrastructure and quarantine facilities for COVID-19 and for certain activities under the agri allied sectors.
Minister, Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu said the upper ceiling of expenditure for quarantine facilities shall be Rs 10 lakhs and for the agri allied activities will be Rs 15 lakhs. The remaining balance out of Rs 50 lakhs shall be used for strengthening health infrastructure.
The detailed guidelines in this regard shall be issued by Planning Department, he said in a briefing on status of COVID-19 in the State as on May 21.
Kronu informed that the State Government has decided to again provide an opportunity to the citizens of Nagaland stranded outside and desiring to return, to voluntarily opt for staying back at their present place of residence by registering on the portal if not done earlier. Such persons who opt to voluntarily stay back will be provided a one time assistance of Rs 10,000. Further details regarding this will be shortly made available on the portal, he said.
He informed that the Shramik Special Train Number 06194 departed from Chennai on May 19 at 11:30 pm is arriving Dimapur on May 22 at 1:05 pm carrying 1325 stranded persons of Nagaland.
Kronu also informed that some unwarranted directives are being issued by certain individuals/ organizations obstructing entry of persons returning to Nagaland from outside the State into their wards/ colonies, even after completion of the stipulated quarantine period, or for home quarantining of the concerned person as per the existing orders and guidelines of the Government. Also in certain cases undue obstructions are being created for the setting up of quarantine centres by the Government in wards/colonies.
Regarding this, Kronu said the State Government has instructed the Deputy Commissioners for sensitizing the concerned individuals/organizations/colony authorities on such unwarranted actions which infringe on individual rights as well as in violation of Government orders. Thereafter, he warned that immediate and effective penal action against any such individuals/organizations obstructing entry of persons to their colonies or wards, or for setting up of quarantine centres by the Government under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 may be taken.
978 samples tested negative
On testing of suspected sample, till date, He said out of a total of 1001 samples sent for testing from the State, 978 samples have tested negative, while results of 23 samples are awaited. In addition through the Truenat testing machine so far a total of 27 samples have been tested and all are negative.
(Page News Service)