More directives, appeals for citizens with regard to COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/30/2020 10:18:12 AM IST

During day-five of nationwide lockdown, Nagaland government and other organisations continue to give directives and appeals to the citizens to stay at home and take preventive measures against possible infiltration of COVID-19.

Home Commr reiterates exemption list: In compliance with the Union Home Ministry order, to avoid any ambiguity at the ground level, state Home commissioner Abhijit Sinha has issued clarifications to all DCs to take note of the exemption list.

Transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential, ‘pension’ includes pension and provident fund services provided by Employees Provident Fund Organization, services of Indian Red Cross Society, groceries include hygiene products such as hand washes, soaps, disinfectants, body wash, shampoos, surface cleaners, detergents and tissue papers, toothpaste/ oral care, sanitary pads and diapers, battery cells, chargers etc.

Entire supply chain of milk collection and distribution, including its packaging material is allowed. Newspaper delivery supply chain under print media.

Use of SDRF for homeless people, including migrant labourers, stranded due to lockdown measures, and sheltered in the relief camps and other places for providing them food etc., for the containment of spread of Covid-19 virus.

Additional measures to stop the movement of migrants and providing them with quarantine facilities, shelters, food etc., and ensuring payment of wages and non-eviction by their landlords.

Further, Sinha said that the items/activities exempted from the purview of the lockdown includes--  Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products including MSP operations, ‘mandis’ operated by the agriculture product market committee or as notified by the state government, shops of fertilizers, farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field, custom hiring centers (CHC) related to farm machinery, manufacturing and packaging units of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds, intra and inter-state movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements.

All DCs have been asked to implement the above instructions in their respective districts.

DC Mokokchung issues order: Deputy commissioner (DC) Mokokchung has issued an order to be enforced in the district with immediate effect on March 30. 

The order stated that all the employees, be it in the industry or in the shops and commercial establishments shall make payment of wages of their workers, at their work places, on the due date without any deduction, for the period their establishments are under closure during the lockdown. 

Order further added that some organization/NGOs have taken the task of humanitarian act of distributing food to the daily wage earners, migrant workers, people in distress etc and these organization/NGOs should carry out their activities in collaboration with the district administration so that proper food safety regulations and social distancing is maintained. Order also cautioned that any persons/group acting in violation shall be deemed to have committed an offense punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. 

DC Kohima informs: DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie has informed that the following  undermentioned items/activities are also exempted from the purview of the lockdown measures to ensure and to encourage agricultural farming activities in the district: Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations; “Mandis” operated by the agriculture product market committee or as notified by the state government; Shops of fertilizers; Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field; Custom hiring centre (CHC) related to farm machinery; Manufacturing and packaging units of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds; Intra and inter-state movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture horticulture implements. 

DC informed that the additional guideline above will come into force with immediate effect.

ADC Aboi informs on helpline contact numbers: ADC Aboi under Mon district has informed that a control room/helpdesk is hereby set up for Aboi sub-division. 

The helpline contact number can be reached to access information with regard to issues listed here: Essentail commodities at 8974487678; Vehicles pass at 8730939105; Relief for stranded labourer/daily wage earners from other states and any medical/quarantine centre information at 8119961352.

DC Zunheboto notifies on essential commodities:  DC has passed the following order with immediate effect in Zunheboto district: For the general public not more than 25 kgs of rice (any brand) shall be sold per customer/family by the business establishment dealing with essential commodities; All shops/groceries dealing with essential commodities in the district have been required to maintain a minimum buffer stock of 30 bags of rice, 10 bags of salt and 100 kgs of dal at their disposal. 

This minimum buffer stock can only be used for the needy and only in any event of an emergency on the express sanction of the district administration. 

In case of any violations found, that is, any cases of illegal hoarding, black marketing, unjustified escalation in the commodity prices and failure to maintain a minimum buffer stock of the items specified, necessary legal action shall be taken as per the penal provision of essential commodities act. 

NPCC forms communication and coordination committee: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has informed that Capt Gk Zhimomi, general secretary of NPCC i/c of media has been designated as chairman communication and coordination. 

The chairman has been assigned to: Coordinate with AICC, all 37 Pradesh Congress committees, all NPCC officials and members to organize help and relief for Nagaland’s stranded students, employees and citizens stationed elsewhere in the nation and abroad; Coordinate with DCCs and Frontals to organize help and relief for stranded tourists, students including foreign students and daily wage earners; Take up issues of racial discrimination against Nagaland’s citizens on appropriate platforms; Coordinate with the rural districts particularly in matters of civil supplies and medical needs; Coordinate with administration in the state and districts.

CPO appeals villages: Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) has extended its support to all frontline workers, to doctors & nurses, administrators and security personnel and other agencies engaged in yeomen job working round the clock.  In a press release, CPO president Mikha Kenye and general secretary, Veduvo Rhakho has urged the government to provide every adequate measure and sufficient necessary required equipments to the frontline workers and person who are manning border check gates. 

CPO appreciates the church bodies, other groups and individuals for helping the needy in cash and goods and also thanked the believers in Christ for their continuous prayer support. 

CPO also acknowledged the legislators of Phek district for timely intervention in donating essential equipments to all its health centres of the constituencies. While cautioning the people not to panic, the CPO urged them to place trust and faith in God and to stay at home and be safe. 

CPO further requested villages to be very cautious as they enforce resolutions and orders in order to avoid any counterproductive elements especially at the check gates. They are to keep in close co-ordination with the concern govt authorities for travel passage in state and national high ways.

NSUD: Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD), the apex body of all Nagas in Delhi and NCR informed that its executives have been receiving many distressed calls on a daily basis from stranded community members.  A press release from NSUD executive council stated that, the stranded included sick people, hospital patient and emergency cases from across the country. 

NSUD has been coordinating and assisting with the help of SPUNER Team Delhi Police and well-wishers taking high risk amidst the epidemic COVID-19.  NSUD stated that one of its biggest challenge is the inability to maintain daily food and safety due to financial problems which are likely to continue.  

NSUD stated that in order to prevent and take precautions it was in urgent requirement of physical, mental and financial assistance. Therefore while appreciating the individual who have been supporting the union through thick and thin, the NSUD would also welcome any individual who would extend support and assistance in any possible manner for community members in Delhi & NCR. 

For any assistance and support, contact the NSUD executive council or your financial contribution can be made through Paytm or Google pay@7838267717.

AKM urges citizens to cooperate: Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) has called upon all the citizens to cooperate with government directives as this exercise was not a rehearsal but indeed a reality. A press release from AKM president Nungdokyanger and general secretary, Nekmi Longkumer appealed to all concerned to be vigilant and act with caution and to join hands together to overcome this situation. AKM also informed students to be industrious in their studies and not to be swayed away by holiday mood even during such times. 

AKM also affirmed to keep its door wide open to serve in any manner in cooperation with state government directive and order, while also urging all the officials, eespecially those in outpost to be at their designated posting place.

Wokha district receives PPEs: Wokha district medical team received PPEs from Health and Family Welfare department Nagaland as part of COVID-19 preparedness. The Wokha medical team led by MS, Dr. Tumchobeni Kikon and other doctors and staff are also taking all necessary precautions for combating the COVID-19.   

CHC Changtongya: As a way of precaution for any eventuality, the senior medical officer and staff of CHC Changtongya have requested the general public to stay at home safe. According to DIPR report, the CHC also asked public to contact their official helpline in relation to COVID-19 at 9366441566/8974700446.

NDPP Zunheboto: NDPP Zunheboto in view of the prevailing situation is in constant contact and coordinating with the district administration and the various committees that have been formed. A press release from NDPP Zunheboto region president, Khehoshe H. Yeptho and general secretary, P. Hutovi Awomi stated that, the rank and file of the region/district shall volunteer and contribute within capacity any task that needed attention and assistance. It also launded the PDA government for the preparedness at hand on the isolation wards and procurement of medicines and equipments. It also appreciated the PDA legislators for pooling their resources and taking care of their own constituencies in cash and kind. 

NDPP Zunheboto also epressed gratitude to DC and his administrative colleagues, SP and his units, doctors, nurses and staffs under the CMO and HM District Hospital, Sumi Hoho, STH, ZCCI, ZTYO, Green Club, ZRSU and various other NGOs and departments involved. 

DBSU urges Bengali community to stay at home: Dimapur Bengali Students’ Union has urged all the Bengali community residing under Dimapur jurisdiction to stay at home and maintain social distancing to prevent spreading of COVID-19 during 21 days lockdown enforced since March 24. A press release from DBSU president Raja Debnath and convener Kumar Das urged that unless it was very urgent and unavoidable, people should not venture out to risk one’s life. 

All the members and office bearers have also been asked to take care of themselves as well as their community people and also encouraged the students to prepare for their upcoming exams and ensure to give their valuable times for education purpose. 

Union also requested all the office bearers & members to check that supply chain of essential products should not be broken so that people can get the basic necessities with the help of the union. Union also directed all the colony units & sub-units of DBSU under the Dimapur jurisdiction to stay safe at home and to ensure that none should suffer during the lockdown period. For any help from DBSU, one may contact at 9436626311/8794403074/8416097132.

Essential commodities trucks reaches Kiphire: Two trucks fully loaded with essential commodities reached Kiphire district on March 30. According to DIPR report, public were informed not to panic because essential commodities were available in the grocery shops. Starting from March 30,  shops and bazaars were opened for 4 (four) hours to the public since two hours were not sufficient. 

As usual 10 kgs of food grains were allowed to be purchased per family. Social distancing is being well maintained by the public during shopping time.



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