Lockdown: Many more continue to extend helping hand

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/9/2020 12:46:03 PM IST

Ever since nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, many poor and marginalised people have been facing immense hardships as they are mostly daily wage earners. Legislators, government agencies and public organisations have been extending relief measures to ease the sufferings of these helpless people during the lockdown across Nagaland. 

Dimapur district

CFD reaches out to deserving families with relief materials: Christian Forum Dimapur (CFD) has reached out to over 600 families and institutions with relief services during this lockdown period. A press release from CFD chairman Rev. Moses Murry and general secretary, Rev. Fr. C. P. Anto stated that CFD has reached out to migrant workers, daily labourers, marginalized stranded, rehabilitation centres, orphanages and quarantines. Some of the villages, colonies and institutions covered by CFD in collaboration with Salesians of Don Bosco and AIDA, ACID, Bethesda Ministries, Peace Channel & NEISSR are the following: Walford Colony, Phom Colony, Neisatuo Colony, Lake View Colony, Signal Angami, Sachu Colony, Oriental Colony, Nagarjan, Kevijah Colony, Burma Camp, Youth Hostel, Blessing the Feet Ministry, Love Care Home, Shalom, Mother Teresa Home, Bethesta Rehab, Baselia Mission for disabilities etc. CFD also sincerely thank the individuals and institutions who have contributed to make it a reality. Further CFD has informed that if anyone is in need, they may reach out for the following services: Tele counseling facilities for children, youth and adult (family); Prayer intercessions in collaboration with various churches and religious communities; Fund raise for helping the poor and needy with medicine, mask, food provision. Since CFD does not have its bank account, those who wish to contribute may kindly deposit in the A/C of Peace Channel A/C 0686053000000094 IFSC SIBL0000686, Dimapur. The receipts, bills, vouchers and the financial statement of income and expenditure will be shared with the contributors. 

PCC (Autonomous) distributes hand sanitisers: Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) on April 8 under the banner of Patkai Against Covid-19 (PAC-19) distributed around 80 litres of hand sanitizers to various organisations and departments in Dimapur district. A press release from PCC HoD mass communication, Dr. Dakter Esse stated that, this is the third batch of sanitisers the college had prepared in its laboratory. Wednesday’s distribution of the hand sanitizers started from Chümoukedima and ended at the Nagaland check gate (North Field Gate). PAC-19 team distribution covered office of Chümoukedima  EAC, Chümoukedima Town Council, IRBn Mahila, Chümoukidema police station, Diphupar PS, deputy commissioner office Dimapur, Dimapur Municipal Council, Commissioner of Police office Dimapur, English media houses, financial institutions along Chümoukedima stretch, Holy Redeemer and referral hospital, police personnel on duty at Khermahal junction, Bata Chariali, 7th Mile junction and Nagaland check gate. Earlier, 1st NAP, NAPTC, PTS had also received sanitizers from the college campus. Vice principal, PCC Angel Sonari acknowledged the state chief secretary and informed that through him, the college could manage to get around 100 litres of ethanol from Kohima Science College (Autonomous). Patkai is home to more than 150 families and the hand sanitizers are also being distributed to the campus residents, nearby villages such as Setheikima A, B and C and Chümoukedima village. In the second batch, the college collaborated with Dew Drop, a packaged drinking water company and prepared 31 litres which was handed over to the chief medical office in Dimapur.

GWM Dimapur contributes essential commodities: Gospel for World Ministries (GWM) contributed  essential food commodities to those with limited resources and daily wage earners on April 9. A press release from GWM coordinator David Khobung stated that, more than 40 families benefited through the distribution programme conducted at Purana Bazaar B, under the leadership of Rev. Daniel Suna, founder chairman. Rev. Fr. Kasthang Kath offered a special prayer for people who were financially affected by the pandemic. Rev. Daniel Suna informed that similar programmes would be undertaken in the near future. 

EBCD donates to DC Dimapur relief fund: Elite Badminton Club Dimapur (EBCD) contributed a sum of Rs.50000/- to deputy commissioner Dimapur Relief Fund on April 8 to fight against COVID-19. A press release from EBCD stated that, the cheque was handed over to ADC Dimapur, Lovitoly by club president, Er. N Khate and Hutoka Assumi. 

DDGBA, SD Jain Samaj distributes food items: Dimapur district GB’s association (DDGBA) distributed food items under the patronage of SD Jain Samaj (Jain society Dimapur), which was facilitated through DDGBA on account of Lord Mahavira’s birth anniversary under the theme “live & let live”

A press release from DDGBA stated that its president and colleagues on behalf of the beneficiaries appreciated the generosity of the Samaj and prayed that blessings would be showered upon them. DDGBA also entreated upon public to take care, be brave and to be helpful towards one another during this crisis.

LBCC conducts door to door outreach: Lotha Baptist Church Chümoukedima (LBCC) conducted a door to door outreach ministry within Chümoukedima towns.  A press release from LBCC stated that LBCC pastor, N. Thungchio maintained that the Church felt it was important to sympathise with daily wage earners. In this regard, LBCC decided to visit the communities which covered about 65 households.  Besides food ration packages, spiritual counselling and joint prayers were also conducted with the families. Church asserted that it would pray unceasingly for God’s mercy and love for Nagaland and for the tireless team of law enforcement security, healthcare workers, policy makers, government, NGOs, etc. 

DGC committee for COVID-19 donates preventive materials: As part of community extension service, Dimapur Government College (DGC) committee for COVID-19 along with the principal donated various preventive essentials on April 9. A press release from DGC publicity and media cell stated that masks, hand sanitisers and surgical gloves were handed over to the chairman and GB of Oriental Colony, Dimapur to be distributed among vendors for their safety and security and thereby the safety of the consumers/public. 

IWS Dimapur social service during lockdown: Incessant Welfare Society (IWS) Dimapur members have been personally visiting the affected families/individuals and providing the essential commodities.  A press release from IWS administrator Azungla Imsong stated that, the service started since March 31 and have been donating basic needs to the under privileged families, stranded students and daily wage earners (local & migrant), widows/widowers, old aged self supporting students etc. The total area covered are, Aoyimti village, Mon Basti, Bor Lingri, Supply Colony, Duncan Basti, Ura Villa Colony, Mao Colony, Burma Camp, Nahabari, Chakhesang Colony, Railway Colony, Padam Pukhuri. IWS has covered almost 94 household including families and individuals. Those requiring assistance can also contact at 9862407502/8423090888.  

CII Nagaland state donates sanitisers and masks: Members from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Nagaland State donated hand sanitisers and mask to the deputy commissioner Dimapur on April 9. A press release from CII Nagaland branch head Chuba Ozukum stated that,  120 litres of sanitizer and 5000 numbers of face mask were distributed to the Nagaland state govt through DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi. Dr Pangjung, chief medical officer, ADC, DSO and few others were also present. The consignment  was handed over today by C. Merenla, chairperson, CII Nagaland state council, and other members  namely Hokhuli, Ajay Sethi and Chandu Kumar Agarwal.

DGU Signal unit conducts social responsibility: Dimapur Gorkha Union (DGU) Signal unit, led by president, Sunit Rai and vice president, Arjun Kumar Rai on April 6, conducted social responsibility by  supplying relief commodities to affected Gorkha families during lockdown period. A press release from DGU Signal unit stated that, around 22 families from Signal Angami, Y. Zhimo Colony, Lomithi village, Nepali Kashiram and Viola received relief materials. Union further requested every member to step forward in contributing something to the society.

Shri Digambar Jain community distributes: In view of the lockdown declared by the administration, Shri Digambar Jain community, Dimapur, received through Rajesh Sethi 150 packets of food grain from Indigo Airlines, for distribution to the  needy and desolate people in and around Dimapur. 

AVC distributes rice relief to needy villagers: Aoyimkum Village Council (AVC) distributed rice to the needy villagers of Aoyimkum to ease their problems during the lockdown period. A press release from AVC stated that, the rice relief was supplied by Food and Civil Supplies (FCS) and district administration, Dimapur. 

BECDD distributes reliefs: Believer Eastern Church (BEC) Dimapur diocese distributed emergency relief essential commodities to the poor and needy public under the diocese. 

A press release from BEC Dimapur diocese Rev. Fr. Kasthang Kath stated that, 300 plus families from various walks of life benefited through the distribution programme conducted at various places under BEC diocese leadership of Rev. Fr. Vikishe Swu, Rev. Fr. Yanon Pensa, Rev. Fr. Shonka Konyak, Rev. Fr. Kasthang Kath and Rev. Fr. Ritesh Kumer. 

Lotha Colony Council (LCC) Dimapur clarification: Apropos the news item published on April 9 under the headline, “NDPP youth wing Dimapur donates” should be read as the donation was made by NDPP Dimapur region general secretary, Amos Humtsoe and not as published. 

Kohima district

Kohima police assists needy people: In an effort to encourage the labourers and stranded students to remain indoors during lockdown period, Kohima Police in collaboration with district administration went beyond their hectic duty and provided free water and food at their door steps. Tons of citizens in Kohima in various colonies were seen rushing and fetching water as this is the water scarcity season at its peak. 

For the last three days, Kohima Police has been going out of their way besides attending their regular duty by assisting the people in need of food especially the labourers and stranded students. Kohima Police on information about stranded daily wage earners and students due to shortage of food in view of the nationwide lockdown in the state capital, swung into action and identified more than sixty labourers and students who were genuinely in need of urgent relief. Accordingly, Kohima Police in coordination with district administration provided relief in the form of ration to each of them across Kohima town. Further, in order to ease the burden of moving out from their homes and to encourage citizens to stay home, Kohima Police took up the responsibility to deliver the rations at their respective places. 

The stranded labourers and students hail mostly from Mon and Tuensang districts who could not return to their homes due to the sudden announcement of lockdown. Kohima Police further appeals to all citizens to stay home, maintain personal hygiene by washing hands frequently and to maintain social distancing.  More than 60 people have received rice relief during the last three days. 


Zunheboto district

Ration trucks arrive at Zunheboto: People in Zunheboto were seen in numbers to purchase essential goods on Thursday after a truck carrying essential goods entered the district on March 8. A press release from COVID-India media reporter Bombo K Yeptho stated that two trucks of department of Food and Civil Supplies with bags of rice for people registered under BPL category and owning ration cards arrived on March 9, wherein bags of rice were unloaded at town hall. 

Zunheboto district administration was working in full swing to help and assist the public during the pandemic. Daily wage earners in the district were also informed to submit their Aadhaar cards and bank passbooks to the administration which would later be submitted to the government and that the government will benefit the people in kind or in cash. 

Mokokchung district

NDPP Mokokchung donates towards CM Relief Fund for COVID-19: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) Mokokchung region donated a sum of Rs. 1, 00,000 to chief minister’s relief fund for COVID-19 on April 8. The amount was handed over through minister of Rural Development and minister in-charge Mokokchung region, Metsubo Jamir. NDPP Mokokchung region also donated Rs. 5000 each to all the 18 wards of the town and Rs. 10,000 towards all ward union. 


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