Kohima, June 15: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said apart from combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government’s top priorities are to resolve long pending Naga political problem, delimitation and economy of the State.
Rio said Nagaland is a salary economy State and this has slowed progress and development. He said during this crisis, the Government’s main thrust area is on agriculture and for this purpose the Government has constituted a committee to start formulating strategies and policies.
He asked the returnees to take over the vacuum created by outsiders as the Government is also formulating programme and policies to facilitate job avenues for them.
So far 4600 labourers from the State have left for their states and this would be the right opportunity for the returnees to fill these gaps, Rio said. So far 13,226 Naga people have returned to the State and the last group will reached Dimapur on Tuesday from Delhi.
The State Government is profiling all the returnees to facilitate them to fit in different avenues, he said adding the Government’s focus is on self reliance.
The Chief Minister said all those returnees who are willing to go back should get registered with the Government so as to avoid problem in future, and for assistance to people who would be engaged in manual and labour works.
The Government through the Labour Department has also extended assistance of Rs 2000 to 19,046 construction workers from the COVID-19 cess fund to protect them from impact of economic disruption through direct transfer to their bank accounts. The total amount was Rs 3.80 crore.
Meanwhile, Rio thanked the frontline workers, churches, tribal organisations and civil organisations for coming forward to jointly fight the pandemic. He also asked people not to be misled by false news and propaganda unleashed by some people.
He also asked the people not to panic by rumours as the detected cases are mostly asymptomatic and the recovery rate is high. 85% cases were asymptomatic while the recovery rate was 52%. “There should not be panic due to wrong information,” he added.
He said the testing capacity of COVID-19 as of today was 600, which would be doubled within few days.
Rio was addressing a press conference in presence of Deputy CM, Y. Patton, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom, Advisor and Government’s spokesman, Mmhonlumo Patton, Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy and several top Government officials. (Page News Service)