Dimapur CSOs appeal to CM

DIMAPUR, APR 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/13/2020 1:36:39 PM IST

Civil society organisations (CSOs) of Dimapur have demanded restriction in movement of passenger trains, flights and vehicles passing through Dimapur. 

In a joint memorandum to chief minister Neiphiu Rio through Dimapur deputy commissioner, Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD), Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation (DUCCF), GBs (Sadar) Union Dimapur and Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) said in the light of resumption of passenger trains and commercial flights, the State government had issued travel advisory and follow-up mechanism for flight passengers. However, they observed that no concrete system was in place to take stock of those coming by trains and feared that restoration of commercial flights and trains would pose a serious threat and an invitation to spread the dreaded COVID-19 in Nagaland.

Noting that restriction on all modes of movement had helped in containing the outbreak of the pandemic in the State, the organisations sought Rio’s personal intervention to restrict movement of all modes of transport passing through Dimapur.

The CSOs said absence of a testing laboratory for COVID-19 in the State was one of the biggest challenges for the people. And given that Dimapur was the entry point and commercial hub of Nagaland, they demanded his intervention in setting up a testing laboratory at the town at the earliest. 

Mentioning that services rendered by frontline medical staff and police personnel were very precious during these unsettling times, the memorandum stressed that providing them safety and personal protective equipments (PPE) in sufficient quantity was of utmost necessity. Hence, it urged Rio to ensure a sustainable and equitable supply of PPE to these frontline workers, besides media persons. 

Asserting that Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) had been instrumental in sanitising town areas since the outbreak of COVID-19, the CSOs said the chief minister’s intervention in providing financial assistance and sufficient supply of disinfectant to DMC would be highly solicited.

The memorandum was signed by NCD general secretary Thsapongkyu Sangtam, NWHD president Sungsabeni Jamio, DUCCF president Er Tsenthungo Nyamo, GBs (Sadar) Union Dimapur president MY Ngullie and DNSU president Sedevilie Angami.


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