NPCC suggests action plans to contain COVID-19

DIMAPUR, MAR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/24/2020 12:26:32 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has suggested several action plans to substantiate the government’s effort in containing COVID-19 and the resultant fallout, which it said was going to create a huge socio-economic crisis.

NPCC through its communications department has suggested total lockdown of urban areas across the state with exemption only to essential goods and services. 

It urged the government to direct village/colony councils especially in urban areas to sensitize people and prevent unnecessary movements within respective jurisdiction. 

Village councils of villages located near the porous boundary of neighbouring states must be empowered to check movement of people in absence of state police personnel.

NPCC said that the message of ‘stay home stay safe’ along with basic hygiene routine must percolate down to lowest level, understood and followed by all people.

It said state government must urge the centre to set up COVID-19 testing laboratory with experts on urgent basis in Nagaland as they did in Iran to evacuate stranded Indians.

Congress asserted that priority procurement of medical equipments to fully arm health care workers and refurbish existing medical infrastructure on war footing especially quarantine facilities rather than indulge in ad hoc arrangements outside existing medical facilities.

Apart from health care workers, NPCC said police and other emergency/essential service workers have to be fully protected with mask and clothing gear that meets prescribed requirements. Besides, it said special monetary allowance must be granted to those working in frontline.

During lockdown period, NPCC said free rations as per scale must be issued to every deserving household through existing delivery mechanism.

It also suggested that a certain fixed amount must be sanctioned to those daily wage earners and workers who were facing the brunt of lockdown.

Masks and hand sanitizers should be made freely available and distributed to all citizens, it said, adding that routine health bulletins from a single government source to keep people well informed.

Further, NPCC suggested that cyber police must monitor those indulging in spreading rumors or fake stories through social media platforms.

Meanwhile, NPCC stated that political leaders especially from the ruling government must avoid attempting to convert battle against COVID-19 into an event management spectacle as it recently happened after Janta Curfew on March 22.


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