Dimapur, April 1: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed to the people of Nagaland to support the State Government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by donating to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and by staying at home during the 21 days lockdown.
“We are required to behave as a responsible citizen during this difficult time if we love ourselves, our family and humanity itself,” it said in a press release.
Stating that now is not the time to be critical against the State Government but to join hands with the Government, the forum said the pandemic of this magnitude will not be easy to overcome without people’s cooperation.
“Let us advise the government wherever is necessary to serve us better as we are facing an unprecedented challenge of our time, therefore, supporting Government is supporting ourselves.’
Thanking the Government of Nagaland for sanctioning Rs 17.5 crore on March 27 to Village Development Board (VDB) having 50% of the fund released for procurement of basic necessities to combat COVID-19, the forum however reminded that it is not possible to procure anything anywhere at this juncture when the cities and towns are locked down only to open for limited time to enable the people to buy essentials. Moreover considering that there are over 1430 villages in Nagaland, the amount sanctioned is too meager if divided, it said, adding it would have been better if the Government had arranged measures to help the villages with the basic needs and commodities instead of money.
The NPRAAF also appealed to the Nagaland Medical Dealers Association (NMDA) to reconsider shutting down medical shops indefinitely starting from April 1 during this difficult time, as it will affect many sick people. “It is unwise to make the sick innocent suffer for alleged harassment meted out by the unspoken authorities.” It also appealed to all authorities not to harass workers of medical shops as they are rendering life saving service to humanity.
Meanwhile the NPRAAF has pledged to donate Rs 30,000 to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund and another Rs 35,000 to the Prime Minister’s Care to combat Covid-19. (Page News Service)