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Govt welcomes ENPO’s forgiveness

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Kohima, July 11: The Nagaland government has welcomed the decision of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) in forgiving the State government with regard to the May 26 Tuensang fiasco.
This was conveyed by Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu while talking to media persons here today.
“We appreciate the wisdom of ENPO for understanding the Government and deciding to forgive,” he said.
Kronu who is also the Government spokesperson on COVID-19 pandemic, on behalf of the Government, assured the ENPO that “we will always try to understand each other’s problems and work together in cohesion in the interest and welfare of the State”.
On May 26, over 160 Chennai returnees were transported to Tuensang from Kohima without waiting for the mandatory COVID-19 test results of one of the returnees, who was found to be positive the next day.
New SOPs
Meanwhile, Kronu reiterated the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 decision to bring out new single Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all purposes in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Nagaland, including returnees and lockdown measures.
Saying that drafting of the new SOP and guidelines has begun, the Minister said but it will take some more time to come into effect as thorough study will be made so as to avoid any confusions.
He informed that the current SOP on returnees and lockdown guidelines will remain in force till the time fresh one is issued.
Further, Kronu said yesterday’s HPC meeting while reviewing the functioning of the government facility or quarantine centres across the State, decided that the government needs to transform the government quarantine facilities into paid quarantine centres with minimal charge.
Another major decision taken by the HPC is to charge COVID-19 testing in government hospitals, the Government spokesperson added.
(Page News Service)