Kohima, May 15: Nagaland said Chief Secretary Temjen Toy today asserted that all protocols have been put in place and the state is prepared to take in the stranded Nagas in other parts of the country.
“All protocols have been put in place and everyday coordination meetings are held with the Empowered Group and Health Department on the level of preparedness and we feel that we are prepared to take the returnees in, said Toy while interacting with a section of media here today.
He said though the return of the stranded people in other parts of the country registered with the government has officially not begun but with the Centre starting the railway service, people are already coming on their own arrangement.
He asserted that the government is officially arranging means to ferry the stranded citizens back home and the first batch is likely to reach Dimapur by mid next week. He, however, said that those returning on their own arrangement would not be stopped.
On the charges of delaying to bring back the stranded people home, the Chief Secretary accepted that all states were bringing back their people and we have been blamed of being slow.
“This is not a race, but as we have to be prepared and the state government wanted to make the process as seamless as possible,” he reiterated.
On the decision to extend Rs 10,000 to only those stranded people already registered with the state government and opting to stay back, he said after the registrations were made for those coming back, the process of verifications started because of the past experiences of some of our own people not being honest in claiming the one time relief of Rs 3000 and Rs 4000. In the process, some calls were made contact those who had filled the forms this time, he said adding that many of them said they don’t want to come back but since they are suffering due to shortage of money said that they would stay back proper arrangement is made and therefore the government decided to extend the one time assistance for them. Others were out of our radar, since they had not applied, he said.
Nonetheless, the Toy asserted that the government is rethinking on the earlier decision and would soon take the right decision.
Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary expressed happiness that the Indian Council of Medical Research has given the clearance for the functionality of the first ever Bio-Safety Laboratory (BSL-3) in Nagaland, which has been set up at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.
“Our testing rate is quite low but with the coming of the lab, it would go up and give us a clearer picture on the prevalence of the virus in the State,” he said. (Page News Service)