NIPF slams state govt’s handling of stranded citizens

DIMAPUR, MAY 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/26/2020 1:08:43 PM IST

Nagaland Indigenous People’s Forum (NIPF) has expressed dismay over the state government failure to streamline arrangements for the safe travel of the indigenous people of Nagaland from outside the state. 

NIPF through its media cell alleged that financial assistance assured to citizens residing outside the state has not been properly handled. 

It claimed that the state government in spite of receiving “enough fund to fight the pandemic during this crisis has failed to address the issue.”

The forum also accused the government of making flip-flop statements with regard to the distribution of financial assistance to citizens stranded outside Nagaland. It said that many indigenous people of the state have not received the “widely publicised assistance”.

NIPF has, therefore, urged the government to tackle the present pandemic in a much more constructive way to reach all the indigenous people who opted to stay back by coordinating with officials of different states so that “our people don’t suffer further.”

Further, the NIPF suggested that there should be proper steps and procedures to identify people who are stranded outside the state and ensure that help reached them by any means. 

Meanwhile, the forum suggested that the state government instead of asking for contribution or deduction of salaries should rather compensate the frontline workers like the police and the health workers who were risking their lives for the safety of the people of Nagaland. 



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