NSDMA hopes for best, but prepared for worst in COVID-19 fight
Kohima, April 4: Nagaland has received an amount of Rs 20.50 crore as State Disaster Response and Mitigation Fund (SDRMF) as first installment for 2020-21 from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Disaster Management Division).
Interacting with a section of media persons, OSD Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) Johnny Raungmei said as per the Ministry guidelines, 25% of the total amount will be used for the current Corona virus crisis in the State.
Of the 25% fund, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has been sanctioned Rs 55 lakh, i.e. Rs 5 lakh for every DDMA in order to extend immediate relief and support to the daily wage earners and other needy persons at the quarantine centres and hostels during the current COVID-19 lockdown, he said.
He said even before the sanction had come, NSDMA had also extended Rs 31 lakh for the DDMAs to fight CVOID-19. He also informed that the NSDMA has already dispatched 35,000 quintals of rice amounting to Rs 4.94 Crore to all the DDMAs for the daily wage earners in the respective district.
Raungmei said that Health and Family Welfare department was given Rs 28 lakh for purchase medical equipments.
He, however, said that in case more fund is required from SDRMF to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, the State Executive Committee headed by the Chief Secretary can decide on it.
On the overall preparedness of the NSDMA, he said 39 officials, including 13 NCS officers and staff are on job on roster basis at the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), Lotha Hoho Ki at Keziekie, Kohima gathering information on the current situation and also working to spread awareness on the Dos & Don’ts on COVID-19.
He also affirmed that the respective DDMA in every district are also actively on job.
He said that the NSDMA has also published IEC materials on COVID-19 in all the different languages of the state and distributed through the SHGs of Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission and till April 3, a total of 1207 villages have been covered.
“We are hoping for the best, but also prepared for the worst in the fight against COVID-19,” Raungmei said.
For any emergency support, the COVID-19 control room numbers are 0370-2291122, 0370-2291120 and toll free number is 1070. (Page News Service)