LTM demands aid for residents of Langpangkong range

DIMAPUR, APR 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/12/2020 1:09:31 PM IST

Langpangkong Tzukong Mungdang (LTM) has demanded immediate monetary aid and essential commodities for residents of Langpangkong range near the Assam border as they are facing untold hardship due to the current lockdown announced to combat the spread of COVID 19 pandemic.

In a memorandum to Mokokchung deputy commissioner, the organisation said people of the area, 90% of whom were daily wage earners, were on the verge of starvation as they had not received any aid from any source except on papers and media since the beginning of the lockdown. 
LTM also demanded immediate setting up of permanent police check gates at Kangtsung (Nagaland) and Atkel (Assam) border by invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. While appreciating the Mokokchung district administration and police for effectively monitoring Watiyongpang border check gate, the organisation said it also could not be denied that the porous border with Assam was about 10 km with Wameken Yimsen, Kangtsung Yimsen, Anaki Yimsen and Anaki (C) villages on the stretch just miles away from Assam. As such, it strongly urged the district Administration to give equal importance to those areas and immediately establish a permanent police check gate by invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
The memorandum stated that additional deputy commissioner of Tuli had promulgated Section 144 of CrPC within two kilometre in border area and was in force till date. However, due to shortage of enough police force on duty, the vast area could not be covered and anti-social elements took advantage of the situation as there were enough bypass roads in the area, posing a grave danger. As such, the organisation demanded round-the-clock police patrolling.
Mentioning that the Langpangkong range had two community health centres (CHCs), two primary health centres (PHCs) and number of sub-primary health centres, the organisation however pointed out that the facilities and equipments available were not satisfactory, adding it feared that the available equipments would not be able to protect the people from the novel coronavirus pandemic. Hence, it called for supply of necessary equipments and machineries like ventilators, oxygen cylinders, medicines, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, first aid, etc, immediately to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The memorandum also sought PPE kits and N95 masks for doctors, nurses, medical staff in CHCs, PHCs and sub-centres, police personnel and volunteers at check gates urgently.
Pointing out that Langpangkong range was the biggest and had highest population ratio in Mokokchung district, the statement mentioned that it also served other districts in providing essential commodities and other logistical support. As such, it was imperative to have bulk stock of essential commodities before it was too late, the statement stressed.
Insisting on sanitisation of drivers, handymen and goods laden vehicle at all cost while delivering goods in the district, Langpangkong Tzukong Mungdang emphasised construction of a sanitisation station for vehicles immediately at Watiyongpang check gate.
The memorandum was signed by LTM president M Zulu Ozukum and general secretary Lanu Pongen.


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