Govt extends provisions of ex-gratia payment, assistance

DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/21/2020 12:23:05 PM IST

State government has announced extending payment of Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to any of its employee suffering fatality due to COVID-19 while performing duties. This will cover drivers, cleaners, sanitary workers, caterers and all such personnel/workers involved in the management of quarantine centres in the State, besides any non-government functionary involved in any other activities for combating the pandemic under the district task forces, state government spokesperson and minister, Neiba Kronu said during the daily briefing.

Further, in a huge relief, the government also decided to again provide another opportunity to citizens of Nagaland outside the state, who have voluntarily decided to stay back, to register on the portal to avail the one-time assistance of Rs 10,000.

In another huge development, Rs 50 lakh out of the total allocation of Rs 150 lakh per Assembly constituency for LADP funds will be earmarked for implementation of projects to strengthen health infrastructure, quarantine facilities for COVID-19 and certain other activities under agriculture and allied sectors.

Stating this, Kronu said the upper ceiling of expenditure for quarantine facilities would be Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh for agri and allied activities, while the remaining Rs 50 lakh would be used for strengthening health infrastructure. 

The detailed guidelines in this regard would be issued by planning department.

Govt warns: Kronu warned of strict penal action against individuals/organizations and those obstructing entry of persons returning to Nagaland from outside into their wards/colonies even after completion of the quarantine period, including home quarantine. He also said that in certain cases, undue obstructions were being created in the setting up of quarantine centres by the government in wards/colonies, he added. 

He said DCs had been directed to sensitise the individuals, organizations, colony authorities concerned on such unwarranted actions, which infringed on individual rights and violated government orders.

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