NGBF surprised over delay in installing BSL-2 Lab in Dimapur

DIMAPUR, MAY 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 1:10:58 PM IST

Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) has expressed surprise over the delay in completing the installation of Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) laboratory in Dimapur.

In a press release, NGBF president Shalem Konyak, general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and media secretary Akhu Naga said that since Dimapur was the gateway to the mainland, the state government should have given priority to installation of the laboratory in Dimapur.

The federation reminded that the neighbouring states have started the lab long time back. As a result, they said there were several cases being detected “probably because of people being tested.”

Further, NGBF said the state government responsibilities towards students and others stranded outside state were “far beyond satisfactory”. GBs said it was “really painful” to see Naga children being harassed and abused outside the state.

Claiming that the website created especially for stranded people was not functioning properly, the NGBF said that due to malfunctioning many students were unaware of government’s programme and initiatives. It also claimed that some of the students, who opted to stay back and were entitled Rs.10,000, have not received the financial aid.

In this regard, the federation has appealed to the state government to disclose all the list of stranded students with regard to the payment made.

Stating that some sensible children have decided to stay back following reports of virus spreading from those returning home, the NGBF has, therefore, urged the state government to take proper care of those students who stayed.  

Pointing out that the Centre has already sanctioned certain amount to the state government to fight COVID-19, the federation has appealed to the state government to be transparent concerning transaction and utilization of money.

Meanwhile, NGBF has appealed to the state government to show “complete seriousness” in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.


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