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Thousands of stranded people leave for respective districts as massive send-off exercise begins

Stranded local indigenous received by District Administration and others at Mhainamtsi Peren

Dimapur/Kohima, May 7: Principal Secretary Home, Abhijit Sinha today informed that the Inter-District movement of stranded persons desirous of returning back to their districts begun today under the supervision of the Empowered Group headed by the Additional Chief Secretary and Finance Commissioner.
Today a total of 2,434 passengers are travelling back to their respective districts from various locations in 106 buses.
The Dimapur district administrated today started the massive exercise of systematically sending off stranded students and others in Dimapur to their respective districts.
As the exercise began at 6 a.m. Thursday, thousands of people including students gathered at the State Stadium to get clearance to travel to their homes in different districts of the state.
As per official sources, altogether 1297 people travelled to different places in 52 buses arranged by the Nagaland State Transport. Of the total travelers, 310 people left for Mon, 129 to Mokokchung and 121 to Tuensang.
In Kohima, 38 buses carrying a total of 1109 passengers from different districts moved out from Kohiama out of which 12 buses went to Mon, 5 buses to Tobu (Tuensang), 8 buses to Tuensang, 3 buses to Mokokchung, 3 buses to Wokha and 7 buses to Dimapur.
Till this afternoon 6688 people have reported at the “Facilitation Cell” at the public ground.
The stranded people from Arunachal Pradesh will leave tomorrow morning via Dimapur.
ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa informed that the Facilitation Cell Kohima has received around 3000 applications, from persons who are from outside the state and wants to go to their respective states, which was forwarded to the Government of Nagaland for necessary action.
Out of the 3000 applications, mostly daily wage earners, around 1300 are from Bihar, 900 from Assam and the rest from Manipur and Assam. However stranded persons from Assam and Manipur who have their own private vehicles were given travel permit after proper screening to go to their own states.
Minister of Housing and Mechanical and Legislator in-charge Kohima, Tongpang Ozukum also visited the Facilitation Centre Kohima today to oversee the task of sending back the stranded persons to their respective Districts.
The first batch of indigenous Nagas, stranded in Mokokchung due to COVID-19 lockdown started their journey back to their home district from today.
Today, 3 buses to Mon, one Bus to Dimapur and a bus to Tuensang were sent off from Mokokchung NST Station. All the Buses and NST complex was sanitized by MMC sanitation workers and all passengers were screened by Medical Staff before boarding the Buses.
In yet another significant move, the pastors of Mokokchung Town Baptist Church (MTBA) reached the NST station and prayed for the passengers for their safe journey. The pastors along with the church workers also handed over lunch packages to all the passengers.
Meanwhile, taking a breather from Pandemic Covid-19 Lock down for 40 days, 44 stranded/stressed persons from Kiphire have been transported to Kohima and Dimapur today in accordance with the Government notification issued for transition of people within the state.
Medical examination/screening for every individual going out from Kiphire was carried out at the District Hospital Kiphire yesterday, confirming medically fit in respect of all the Kohima and Dimapur bound travellers.
Deputy Commissioner Sarita Yadav IAS along with her Subordinating officers and SP police department were present during the departure. And they also gave proper briefing to all the outgoing passenger on protocols to be observed during the journey, and on reaching their destinations.
Four buses bearing registration no. NL-11-2755, NL-11-2018, NL-11-1940, NPCW-138 has departed from Kiphire town today, under the guidance of two DEF personnel Chorise Sangtam Naik and Setsiba Sangtam ABC. (Page News Service)

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