Rally in Peren reaffirms 4-pt charter of demand

Rally in Peren reaffirms 4-pt charter of demand
ZSUN and KSO volunteers along with civil society organizations during the rally on Tuesday. (NP)
DIMAPUR, JUN 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/23/2020 1:06:32 PM IST

Expressing dismay over state government’s stand conveyed through the DC Peren in June 18, Zeliangrong Students Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) and Kuki Students Organization (KSO) along with civil society organizations staged a protest rally in Peren town Tuesday reaffirming the four-point charter of demand submitted to the chief minister through DC Peren on June 10.

At least around one hundred protestors, young and old, took to the street to voice out their demand, particularly in connection with the June 3 incident where one female COVID positive was sent along with other returnees to Peren district. Some of them were seen with banners/placards which read: “We demand legitimisation of our right to equality”, “We demand justice” etc.

Earlier, an official explained that the inadvertent mistake occurred when one female returnee (22 years), whose name was similar to another female returnee (19 years) boarded the bus to Peren. It was learnt that the both the females were lodged at the same quarantine facility

In a statement, ZSUN president Dithuibo Newmai and general secretary Adonia Herie said that the state government has forgotten its role and responsibility and despite the tall claims that it had made initially, the otherwise pathetic reality is out in the open.

With increase in COVID cases in the district and the district COVID 19 hospital gripped with scarce facilities, ZSUN said the indifferent attitude of the state government to the demand of the union was nothing but a step motherly treatment.

ZSUN said it has planned to stage a series of protests in Jalukie town on June 24, Ngwalwa on June 25 and Tening on June 26.

On June 10, ZSUN had also staged a symbolic protest after which a representation was submitted to the chief minister submitted through DC Peren.

ZSUN demanded prompt action against the erring officials responsible for sending a COVID-19 case to Peren by violating standard operating procedure (SOP); set up a 100-bedded COVID Hospital in the district with modern facilities at the earliest; provide adequate tools and machineries to set up makeshift ICU at the district hospital immediately and post adequate staff to man the hospital. 

Another representation was submitted to the chief minister through DC Peren on June 23, reaffirming the June 10 charter of demand, failing which ZSUN said it will continue to chart its own course of action.


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