Kohima, April 9: In this hour of extraordinary situation due to COVID-19 pandemic, Good Samaritans are out in the streets to help the needy ones; sans villages.
Hats off to the Good Samaritan deeds of the State Government and various organizations/ groups/ churches and individuals, who have come out to extend aid and assistance to the needy as the nation remains under lockdown. Most of these Good Samaritans and Government’s target is in the urban sector and not rural area for the time being. But situation in the villages is likely to go out of gear, if the lockdown is extended beyond April 14.
In towns, there are reports of shortage of essential commodities in far flung areas due to restriction on movement of vehicles and people. Many villages have erected barricades and fenced the villages.
In the State capital, roads leading to colonies and wards are blocked by non-state actors, creating movement restriction and hassles to people. Even in a place like Kohima town due to restriction on movement of vehicles, residents in the outskirts of the town are facing difficulty going to the markets to buy essential commodities.
With all indications that the Union Government is most likely to extend the period of lockdown, there is already panic among the people, and rush for buying of commodities has started, despite assurances from the Centre and the State Government of adequate supply of essential commodities.
The Kohima District administration today conducted the second phase of distribution of relief to needy people from Distribution Centre for COVID-19 at downtown public ground. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Lithrongla, in-charge of relief and rehabilitation said the district administration have started distribution of relief to needy people, including stranded students, travelers, daily wage earners and stranded people from other parts of the State since March 31.
So far around 13,000 people have availed the relief ration.
Today the Kohima district administration also transported relief consignments to sub-divisions and towns namely Tseminyu, Chiephobozou, Jakhama, Kezocha, Tsogin and Botsa.
Angami Youth Organization (AYO) is assisting the authorities to transport relief rations to colonies and wards in Kohima town. AYO volunteers are also authorized to distribute relief rations to needy people in the colonies and wards.
Meanwhile different organizations and groups continue to distribute food stuffs in various localities and streets in Kohima. (Page News Service)