State Govt releases Rs.75L to DCs; offers risk cover to frontline health workers

DIMAPUR, APR 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/2/2020 12:50:14 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday announced that the government has released Rs. 75 lakhs to all deputy commissioners in addition to the earlier sanctioned amount of Rs. 38 lakhs from the Chief Minister Relief Fund to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He also sanctioned Rs. 1 lakh each for Naga Students Union Punjab and Rajasthan.

Further, Rio also announced to pay Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to any health worker currently in the line of duty, if he or she got afflicted by COVID-19. This was in addition to the Rs 50 lakh similar ex-gratia announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKP) for health workers fighting COVID-19 in government hospitals and health care centres.

Rio made this announcement during a video conference with deputy commissioners (DCs), superintendents of police (SPs) and chief medical officers (CMOs) held on Thursday to review the status and preparedness of districts. 

Planning & coordination minister and State spokesperson for COVID-19 Neiba Kronu, Health minister Pangnyu Phom, chief secretary Temjen Toy and other senior State government officials were present on the occasion.

The video conference with the DCs, SPs, and CMOs followed the video conference of Modi with chief ministers of all States earlier in the day. 

During the video conferencing with the DC, SPs and CMOs, Rio stressed that though Nagaland had no confirmed COVID-19 case, the State had to prepare for any eventuality. He specifically enquired about the public response to the enforcement of lockdown, preparedness for COVID-19-related matters, COVID-19 hospitals and status of receiving medical equipments from the H&FW department and availability of essential commodities in the districts. 

As per the feedback received during the video conference, the enforcement of lockdown in the districts had been largely peaceful and successful, even as separate places had been identified for quarantine purposes and hospitals had been kept ready in the event of any detection. 

Also, medical equipments sent by the H&FW department had already been received, except one or two districts that were yet to receive ventilators. 

The DCs also stated that availability of essential commodities in the districts continued to remain normal. 

Rio stressed on the importance and necessity of home delivery services, especially of LPG cylinders, in order to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing at this crucial juncture. He asked the law-enforcing agencies to allow movement of people in villages, keeping in mind the importance of sowing season. However, people coming from outside to the villages should be stopped and kept for quarantine, he added. 

Enquiring about the wellbeing of migrant workers, if any, he asked the authorities concerned to support and protect them in the form of giving shelter and other essential commodities. 

The chief minister suggested that districts like Kohima and Dimapur should have colony markets for shopping in order to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing. He thanked tribal hohos, NGOs and other civil society organisations for actively supporting and helping the government in all possible ways. 

The chief secretary asked all the DCs to compile the actual number of migrant workers and daily wage earners in their respective districts and find out how many of them had been availing shelter and food. This was stated in a DIPR release.


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