Do not stigmatise returnees, appeals Manipur CM

Do not stigmatise returnees, appeals Manipur CM
N Biren Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 10 | Publish Date: 5/10/2020 8:59:01 AM IST

“Do not discriminate returnees”, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh appealed people of the state, saying that they were not COVID-19 infected patients.

“They are not coming with the virus. The only thing we are concerned is that who know they may be exposed to the virus on their way back home as they have to pass through places hit by the pandemic,” he said.

Singh asserted that the returnees were citizens of the state and government cannot restrict them from returning to their homes. 

At the same time, it was the bounden duty of the government to take care of the  health of all it  citizens, he added.

As registered on the state government website, a total of 46,081 people stranded at various places of the country applied for their return so far. Some of them, mostly stranded at various places in northeast states, have started returning the state in the last few days. A meeting of the State Consultative Committee for COVID-19 convened under the chair of the chief minister N Biren Singh today discussed the arrival of stranded and distressed Manipuris from other parts of the country.

An official source said that the meeting further resolved to have every person arriving in the state by train will undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days at government and community quarantine centres.

Besides two medical screening at Jiribam railway station on their arrival, the returnees will be  screened at destination in their respective home districts.

Singh explained that Manipuris stranded at various places of the country due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown left their respective places only after medically being checked for the virus.

Authorities of the respective states will not allow infected people leaving the state. Besides, all the returnees would be screened and tested for the virus before they are  allowed to proceed for their respective homes, the chief minister said.

All the returnees will be under compulsory quarantine for 14 days as per COVID-19 protocol. For this, the state government has made all the necessary arrangement, the chief minister added.

The chief minister was talking to reporters on the sideline of his visit to the Ima Keithel (all-women run market) in Imphal which has  remained close since March 22 last as part of government measures to check spread of the pandemic in the state. He shared his his warm greetings to all the mothers of the state for their indomitable spirit on Mother’s Day.

During interaction with some leaders of the women vendors , he sought the cooperation of the women vendors in keeping the market need and clean.

Taking the advantage of the current nationwide lockdown , repairing work of the three markets was being taken up by the authority of Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) since April 22, 2020

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