Dimapur, May 14: While appreciating the decision of the State Cabinet to extend ‘one time financial assistance’ of Rs 10,000 each to stranded citizens of Nagaland presently staying outside, who opt to stay back where they are at present, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), however, said the laid down criteria which states that “only those registered in Returnee Declaration Form and presently resides outside the North Eastern States or reside in Sikkim” does not appear to do justice to the purpose it seeks to serve.
The NSF stated that many stranded citizens did not register in ‘Returnee Declaration Form’ and volunteered to delay their journey considering the impending difficulties facing the state. However, they are confronted with the daily struggle of meeting the basis needs.
The NSF suggested to the government that the financial assistance to be granted even to those not registered in ‘Returnee Declaration Form’ and irrespective of the region where they are presently stranded. It also requested to extend the deadline by a reasonable period. (Page News Service)