Official data on foreigners in Nagaland fluctuates

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/8/2020 12:15:56 PM IST

Of late, the official data, issued by the Health & Family Welfare department, on the number of foreigners in the state had been fluctuating. 

The state government, since March 18, had imposed total restriction on entry of foreigners (domestic and international) in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several organizations had also expressed apprehension over the rise in number of foreigners post the lockdown in the state.

As reported in Nagaland Post on March 18, over 300 foreign tourists from US, Europe and South East Asian countries visited Nagaland from January 1, 2020 till March 16, 2020.

According to data available with Nagaland Post, 177 registered tourists visited the state in January, 144 in the month of February and 62 in March (till March 16). Though the data had shown only those people who had travelled by air or train to the state, there were no record of tourists that travelled into the state by road.

As on March 24, the official data had mentioned that there were only 5 foreigners in the state. On March 25, the number increased to 6 and on April 2 the number rose to 20.

However, on April 8 H&FW department bulletin, it indicated an increase by 12 (32 foreigners). It said that Dimapur had 23 foreigners, Kohima-7, Phek-1 and Mokokchung-1.

The department maintained that the foreigners were unable to leave the state due to the lockdown and were under surveillance.

H&FW said that most of them arrived Nagaland before the lockdown and were unable to leave the state, while some arrived by road and railway. H&FW said some were traced after collecting information from the Intelligence Bureau


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