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Kohima, March 29: There are reports of growing discontent among uniform personnel in Nagaland who have been pressed into extraordinary service to combat COVID-19 in the State.
Unlike other States, the Nagaland Government is yet to announce bonus, or sop for the uniform personnel like the District Executive Force (DEF), India Reserve Police, Home Guards and Village Guards.
Instead of bonus, the Police Department has requested for deduction of one day salary from the personnel, which has piqued some of the personnel.
Thousands of uniform personnel have been pressed into 24×7 duty during the 21 days of country-wide lockdown.
Village Guards who are being paid Rs 3000 a month are also deployed for manning check gates, district boundaries, international borders and villages in backward districts and areas. But so far the Government has not announced any incentive for VGs or other uniform personnel.
Nodal Officer for COVID-19 and Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Renchamo P. Kikon said appropriate authority has been sensitized and that steps are being considered.
Sikkim Government has already announced Rs 3000 one-time payment to police, traffic police and health personnel.
The Union Government has announced packages for health workers known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan’ – an insurance scheme. As a follow up the Union Government today said the scheme will provide an insurance of Rs 50 lakh for 90 days to a total of around 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care COVID-19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by this. It will also include accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19.
A release from the PIB said on account of the unprecedented situation, private hospital staff, retired, volunteer, local urban bodies, contract, daily wage, ad-hoc, outsourced staff requisitioned by States, Central hospitals, autonomous hospitals of central, states, Union Territories, AIIMs and INIs, hospital of Central Ministries can also be drafted for COVID-19 related responsibilities. These cases will also be covered subject to numbers indicated by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Further insurance provided under this scheme would be over and above any other insurance cover being availed of by the beneficiary.
Meanwhile, State Government has sanctioned Rs 21.60 crore to extend logistical support to quarantine centres and hospitals for better management and efficiency.
Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio urged health workers to leave no stone unturned to have the required facilities put in place at the earliest and also ensure that doctors and health workers are provided with all necessary safety equipments to help them work with confidence.
Kohima Smart City will hand over two Smart Ambulances to the Nagaland Hospital Authority on Monday at 11 am at the Kohima Municipal Council complex. (Page News Service)