Dimapur, February 14: The JD (U) Nagaland has expressed surprised at what it claimed is the contradictory COVID-19 Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) for educational institutions and religious places issued by the Government of Nagaland.
Nagaland Government has reopened schools for Classes 6 to 12 only since February 8 while it has permitted opening of religious places and places of worship to its full capacity from February 13.
“While taking into consideration the need to continue precautionary measures against the ongoing onslaught of Covid-19 despite vaccination being under way, the Janata Dal United, Nagaland is flabbergasted to see the contradictory Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) of the Nagaland state government,” it said in a statement.
The JDU said it does not find any merit in the difference of SOPs between educational institutions and religious places.
“When the SOP for religious places read as “the number of persons to be allowed in any religious place/place of worship is up to 100% of the capacity of that building/place…” then where is the logic in permitting the education institutions to resume normal classes only for students of Class VI and above? It is indeed hilarious to note that the State Education Authority has even gone to warn of appropriate action against the violations of the SOP by any educational institutions,” it ridiculed.
Maintaining that in Nagaland, the Church is attended by everyone, both young and old, irrespective of age, the JDU said, “Therefore, to find contention that classes below V are children who are more prone to Covid virus and are therefore barred from attending their long desired classes, is devoid of any sense, if such has been the reason for preventing the educational institutions for resumption of classes below V.”
Taking this into consideration, the JDU urged the State controlling authority for Covid-19 to be more judicious while dealing with the issue in regards to resumption of activities for post Covid-19 and its relevant measures so as to ensure smooth phases to normal life. (Page News Service)