Markets across Mnp closed till March 25

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 20 | Publish Date: 3/20/2020 12:07:05 PM IST

In a series of temporary measures to prevent outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, Manipur government on Friday announced closure of all important market places across the state for five days.

The state government also announced closure of “Baruni hill” and “Cheiraochings”, on Baruni Day and Cheiraoba (New Year of Manipuri lunar calendar) where people of the state climb hills to worship.

Baruni falls on March 22 which coincides with “Public Curfew” announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Cheiraoba falls on March 25.

The order of closing of market places from March 21 to March 25 came after chief minister N Biren Singh visited some market places in the capital city today.

Even though no positive case of COVID-19 detected in Manipur so far, the state government has been taking up stringent measures to prevent possible outbreak of the deadly disease.

Manipur governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday sought the supports of the people of the state to prevent outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

They also appealed the people to observe “Janata Curfew” which Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared on March 22.

Earlier, chief minister N Biren Singh said that the primary concern of the government at this hour was to protect and save the lives of the people, economy,  and others can be considered later on. 

Addressing the media at the lawn of his office secretariat today, the chief minister stated that the COVID-19 should not be taken lightly though it hasn’t reached Manipur. Instead, people should follow the precautionary measures and norms laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government. 

He assured that all steps necessary were being taken to ensure that there would be no shortage of essential items like groceries, fuel and medicines in the state and urged the people to make purchases as normal, and not hoard essential items in panic buying.

The chief minister said, “The next two-three weeks will be very crucial for all of us and we must support and help each other to fight the deadly disease.” 

Urging the people to support the nationwide ‘Janata Curfew’, announced by Prime Minister on March 22, Singh said that during the curfew, no one should neither leave their homes, nor get onto the streets or roam about our localities. 

The chief minister further said that the state government will also initiate certain measures to decongest workspaces to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. 

The Chief Minister’s Secretariat will issue an order regarding departments to require only 50% of their employees to attend office on alternate days (except for those who are dealing with matters related to financial transaction for financial year). He advised heads of departments (HoDs) to prepare a roster that will require such employees to be in office.

The chief minister informed that steps were being taken by the state government to bring back the students from the state stuck in foreign countries, particularly hit by COVID-19. The state government had already apprised the Union ministry of external affairs to take necessary steps for evacuating the stranded Manipuri students and also asked the family of those students to submit the details and other information of the students to the government, he added.


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