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NPRAAF appeals for donation to CM relief fund

DIMAPUR, APR 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/1/2020 1:47:47 PM IST

Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed to the people of Nagaland to support the State government in combating the deadly COVID-19 disease by donating to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and by staying at home obeying the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The appeal comes even as the forum pledged to donate Rs 30,000 to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and another Rs 35,000 to Prime Minister’s Care to combat the pandemic.

In a statement, NPRAAF said everyone was required to behave as a responsible citizen during this difficult time “if we love ourselves, our family and humanity”. 

Stressing that this was not the time to be critical against the State government but join hands, the forum feared that a pandemic of this magnitude would not be easy to overcome without people’s cooperation. 

Calling for advising the government wherever necessary to serve the people better as they were facing an unprecedented challenge, it said supporting the government was supporting themselves. 

The forum thanked the State government for sanctioning Rs 17.5 crore on March 27 to village development boards (VDB) for setting up quarantine facilities and procurement of basic necessities. However, it was not possible to procure anything from anywhere at this juncture when everything was under a lockdown with shops opening only for a limited time to enable the people to buy essentials, the statement pointed out.

Moreover, considering that there are over 1,430 villages in Nagaland, NPRAAF said the amount sanctioned was too meagre and added it would have been better had the government made arrangements to help the villagers with basic needs, instead of giving them money.

The forum appealed to Nagaland Medical Dealers’ Association (NMDA) to reconsider shutting down medical shops indefinitely from Wednesday during this difficult time, as it would affect many sick people. It would be unwise to make the sick innocents suffer for alleged harassment meted out by the “unspoken authorities”, the statement pointed out. 

NPRAAF also appealed to authorities not to harass medical shops as they were rendering life saving service to humanity.


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