Cab asks ENLU to meet ENPO over JIC recommendation

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/19/2020 12:51:40 PM IST

Declining to take a decision on the findings and recommendations of the Judicial Inquiry Committee (JIC) constituted to probe the fiasco on May 26, when returnees that included a COVID-19 positive case were sent together in buses to Tuensang, the state cabinet has instead, entrusted the Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union (ENLU) to address the issue with the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO).

This was disclosed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, while briefing media persons here today. Rio, while not divulging the contents of the JIC report, informed that after over three-hour long meeting, the cabinet decided to entrust ENLU to discuss the JIC report with the ENPO. It was learnt that ENLU will meet with ENPO representatives at social welfare adviser Noke Wangnao’s residence Saturday.  

Appointments: On the issue of regularisation of services of doctors appointed on contingency which has attracted flak from various organisations, Rio said the cabinet has directed the Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) department to prepare a comprehensive report for the cabinet to take an informed decision. 

He said the previous day, the department had not mentioned about National Health Mission (NHM) nor the service rules but submitted proposals in peace-meal manner that created confusion. Rio further clarified that the sole intention of recruiting doctors, nurses and subordinate staff was to upgrade healthcare system throughout the State. 

He assured that the cabinet will take a decision on the matter once the department submitted a comprehensive report.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the cabinet has asked H&FW department to submit its report at the earliest before the 15-day assurance given by Health minister S Pangnyu Phom to NHM employees expired.

Kronu appeals for forgiveness: Meanwhile speaking to this Correspondent over phone, planning & coordination, land revenue minister and government’s spokesperson on COVID-19, Neiba Kronu has sought forgiveness from the citizens of both Tuensang and Peren districts for similar fiascoes. He appealed to them to forgive and forget as the lapses were unintentional. Kronu expressed regret for the unintentional mistakes and urged the citizens to also understand the situation and move together in the fight against COVID-19. He mentioned that many returnees from Peren district who were tested positive for COVID were being taken care of in Dimapur considering the limited medical facilities in Peren district, adding the State government was trying to take care of everyone. 

Kronu also said during such pandemics, things might not work out as per one’s expectation, but emphasised that in order to move forward together, one must first forgive and forget another’s mistake and stressed on the objective of Nagas to work for self-sustenance.


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