5 North East states corona-free, says DoNER minister

5 North East states corona-free, says DoNER minister
Dr. Jitendra Singh (File)
Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, APR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/27/2020 11:40:15 AM IST

Union Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh Monday informed that five out of eight North Eastern States are corona-free while the other three States have not reported any new corona positive case in the last few days. 

Briefing the media in New Delhi, Dr. Singh observed that whereas the North East had emerged as a model of developmental transformation in the past six years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the wake of the present COVID crisis, it has emerged as a model of effective, diligent and disciplined health management.

Elaborating further, the minister said the five North Eastern States of Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura were totally corona free, while three other States of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram had 8, 11 and one corona positive cases respectively, which were waiting to become negative, while no new cases were added till Sunday night. He congratulated the State governments of the region, their chief ministers and also officials of DoNER ministry and NEC for ensuring perfect coordination, which had made this possible.

Singh also informed the media about the proposals received and under consideration from different North-eastern States like Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur for new health-related projects devoted to management of infections and corona care, critical care and upgraded healthcare. He assured that these projects would be dealt with priority. 

He said the DoNER ministry had placed Rs 25 crore at the disposal of North Eastern States in the initial stage itself, much before the lockdown, as gap-funding for corona related activities. During the meeting, Singh also received updates about various economic activities in recent days in exempted areas, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines, which primarily included bamboo-related activities.

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