Reports on distribution of food, meetings on COVID-19 across the state

DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, APR 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/3/2020 12:27:22 PM IST

Government agencies and various non-governmental organisations have step forward in assisting the poor, stranded passengers, labourers, daily wage earners and needy people by distributing food items across the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

MTBC opens community 
mess centre for needy people
In an effort to assist the people in need irrespective of religion, locals or non locals during the lockdown period, Mokokchung Town Baptist Church has opened a community mess centre for those migrant labourers, daily wage earners or anybody who are in need of food in Mokokchung Town.  
Speaking to Nagaland Post Pastor MTBC Rev. Ponen Longchar said the effort was to share the blessings received from God to those who are in need like cobblers, barbers, daily wage earners, construction workers, mechanic or any needy people.
Longchar said MTBC will continue the mission till lockdown period gets over adding that MTBC selected steward from every ward and these stewards comes forward in cooking on rotation wise. 
Not wanting to draw line in between, he said “We call them friends from other states”, yet he said if anybody was in need, the mess is open for all.
On the day of opening the community mess centre, he said 71 people from different walks of life came and had lunch. He informed that it will open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day.  (Correspondent)
Report on COVID-19 lockdown
According to the report on law and order and facilitation of essential goods and services for April 3, 14 violations of the lockdown were reported in the state. 
In a report issued by Principal Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha stated that 18 persons have been arrested and 14 non-FIR cases have been registered. However, no fine was imposed and no vehicle was seized. Also, no law and order incidents have been reported.
On the supply of essential goods, shops for food grains and groceries were open in all the districts except for Dimapur and in Kiphire, shops open on alternate days. Shops for milk were open in all the districts except for Longleng, Kiphire, Peren and Dimapur. 
Medicinal shops remain open in all the districts. No shortage of food grains, groceries, milk and medicines have been reported in any part of the state.
On essential services, manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce, no restriction was imposed the on movement of commercial vehicles for distribution of essential commodities and service providers like electricity, telecommunication, fuels etc. Also, there was no restriction on the movement of personnel/workers in manufacturing units of essential commodities. According to the report, the restriction on the movement of e-commerce agents continued in Dimapur. The Dimapur administration established a Community Kitchen and food was distributed with the help of various NGOs. Further, in Dimapur, permits were issued to commercial vehicles transporting essential commodities and all the shops other than pharmacies will remain close till April 4.
Phek District Task Force and admin
The Phek district administration Meluri sub-division along with COVID-19 Task Force undertook distribution of free food grain to all citizens of Meluri-town and daily wage labours on April 2.
A press release from ADC Meluri, Chubatemjen stated that the administration also distributed food grains to all non-locals who were dependent on daily wages and also stranded labourers from outside the state.
Altogether, 95 local poorest of the poor, daily wage earners and 55 non-locals engaged on day-to-day earnings/labour have been provided free rice.
It is also decided to provide basic sustenance to all eligible local poorer section, migrant labourers and all economically weaker local and non-local section of people in the future.
Assam Rifles distribute ration 
Tizit battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) distributed rice and sanitation products to residents of Nokjang and Nokyan village on April 1 to facilitate necessary relief amid the lockdown.
According to PRO, apart from the assistance provided, residents were also made aware about the various preventive measures that were needed to be practiced as part of their daily routine activity in order to combat and prevent the virus. 
The local population appreciated the initiative undertaken by the battalion in facilitating a much needed relief.
Meeting to tackle COVID-19 held in Dimapur
Dimapur: To work out logistics on matters concerning COVID-19 pandemic, members of the special committee constituted by the State government for Dimapur, district administration, police, Naga Council Dimapur, Village council, GBs, DMC, Dimapur Chamber of Commerce held a meeting in the conference Hall of DC Dimapur on April 3.
According to DIPR report, Commissioner & Secretary, Kikheto Sema, during the meeting, reminded the members present that the government was focussing more in Dimapur district as the whole Nagaland would fail if Dimapur fails.  
“We need the support of God and the village council as far as Dimapur is concerned, said Kikheto and therefore appealed to the village council NGOs for their continued support for the wellness of the people.
IGP Training and Border, Liremo Lotha, dubbed Dimapur as a cosmopolitan city where people from all parts of the country resides and therefore reminded about the directive given by government of India to the State government not to discriminate people on religious grounds connected to the present COVID 19 issue. 
Towards this, he urged upon the GBs, council members and administration to see that people are not ill- treated. Should there be any issue, Lotha advised the concerned authorities to get in touch with the Commissioner of Police and District administration.
DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi IAS, re-iterated on maintaining social distance and also reminded the public not to move unnecessarily during lockdown. While urging the public not to panic about essential commodities, the DC informed that supply of essential commodities are coming continuously with the district.
Commissioner of Police Rothihu Tetseo, informed that 144 Cr.Pc will not be relaxed and said that restriction of movement of persons and vehicles except those under exemption would continue till the end of nationwide lockdown. While informing that 40 locations and check gates were being manned by police in Dimapur, Tetseo assured that police would do their best and sought the cooperation of all.
In the meeting, administrator DMC, Albert Ezung informed that spraying of disinfectants of all incoming vehicles would start by April 3 evening with the help of Fire and Emergency Services.
During the meeting it was also finalised that all markets in the main town will continue to remain closed but shops dealing with essential commodities and pharmacies in colonies/ villages would be allowed to cater to public needs.
Wholesale market will be permitted to open from 3 am to 8 am at GS Road from Monday, however buying from the area will be permitted only with written permission from the concern administrative officer/GB/Village Council.
It also agreed to let the retail shops in colonies/wards/villages be permitted to open from 9 am to 2 pm starting Monday.
Additional allocation of rice for beneficiaries under PHH & AAY
Director Food & Civil Supplies Asangla Imti has instructed all the ADSs on implementation of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) in the districts during COVID-19 pandemic.
According to DIPR report, Asangla Imti said that additional allocation of rice will be distributed to all the beneficiaries under PHH & AAY in the state under Targeted Public Distribution System free of cost for a period of three months (April, May and June).
Conditions to be fulfilled are: The allocation is over and above the regular monthly allocation quota of NFSA and it has to be ensured that distribution is “free of cost” in all FPS (Urban & Rural); Action Plan for distribution of free food grains under NFSA as submitted to the Ministry of Food &Public Distribution need to be strictly followed; Wide publicity and awareness on the relief measure undertaken by Central and State Government to the call of Economic Response during this crucial time has to be disseminated at all level.
If any FPS (Rural & Urban is found selling/diversion/misusing the allocation meant for “free distribution” should be penalized by immediately reporting for cancellation of License and action to be taken as laid down in Essential Commodities Act 1955; Distribution has to be done using the ePoS device by the dealer as directed and manual record to be maintained separately (with counter signature of ADS and district administration) for this scheme and submit record as soon as distribution of food grain is completed; Co-ordinate with respective transporter(s) and ensure that food grains of the said scheme reach the designated district(s)/PDC(s) in time as per the Action Plan enclosed; Any laxity on the part of district officer(s)/official(s) will be viewed seriously.
The director further instructed all to follow the order in strict compliance.
Tuensang district administration initiates fund drive
Many organizations and individuals have come forward to contribute towards the fund drive effort that was initiated by district administration, Tuensang to provide immediate relief to the families that were most affected by the total lockdown. The target groups being destitute, daily wage earners, orphans, stranded students, stranded migrant workers etc. 
Among the organisations, those who have made notable contributions are Eleutheros Christian Society, Business Community, Muslim Community, Chang Gazetted Officers Association, Mothers Welfare Society, ENPO, TTBL, various Churches and Tuensang Village Citizens Union (TVCU).
Many individuals have also come forward to contribute both in cash and kind. The money so raised has been utilized to pay for relief package, containing seven essential items of daily need (each costing Rs, 453), which have been handed out to over 1000 families as on April 2. So far a total of Rs, 5,23,910 has been received from donors including the both organisations and individuals.
Besides, apex tribal bodies like CKS, YTC, KTC and USLP have been actively supporting the District Task Force (DTF) in every possible ways. The student bodies led by Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) are making public announcements urging the public to stay indoors and doing volunteering work in the wards of Tuensang Town.
Tuensang Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) and Tuensang Town All Wards Union (TTAWU) are assisting district administration in keeping a strict vigil on possible black marketing activities and ensuring smooth inflow of essential supplies to Tuensang district.
Distribution of relief ration underway at Kohima relief distribution centre
The district administration and DDMA Kohima has so far distributed relief ration to a total number of 7,398 daily wage earners, stranded students and travellers at Kohima Relief Distribution Center as on April 20. The relief rations were also distributed to elderly persons, orphanage, homes, hostels and institutions under Kohima district.
ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa informed that relief rations were distributed to all the wards and colonies for distribution by the ward/colony chairmen in order to reach out the targeted group in their respective wards and colonies. 
She also informed that the relief rations were also dispatched to all area administrative officers under Kohima district for distribution in the sub-divisions.


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