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AKIDA sets 13-day deadline to vaccinate LPG distributors’ staff

DIMAPUR, MAY 7 (NPN): | Publish Date: 5/7/2021 1:16:45 PM IST

 All Kohima Indane Distributors’ Association (AKIDA) has served a 13-day deadline with effect from April 28 on the State government to include staff of LPG distributors as frontline workers so as to get Covid vaccination on priority basis, failing which it has threatened to withhold services to protect their staff. 

Making an appeal to the state government to consider its demand, AKIDA president K. Seyie and general secretary Tseibou Dzüvichü in a letter to the chief secretary on April 28 pointed that the government failed to make Covid-19 vaccine available to the staff of LPG distributors of Kohima either on payment or for free till date. 

It pointed out that so far, there were 61 deaths recorded in India in the LPG sector alone. It said delivery of refills and other services required the staff to work in close physical proximity with scores of people every day, and hence fall under high-risk category. 

AKIDA also mentioned that LPG staffs have not yet been provided due preference for Covid vaccination by the State government and this has left both the distributors and their staff, including administrative staff, drivers, handymen and delivery men undergoing untold mental agony. 

AIKIDA also said the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas had written to the Union health & family welfare ministry on February 2 requesting that all staff of LPG distributors be considered as frontline workers for Covid vaccination. 

Similarly, AKIDA said letters of North East Indane Distributors’ Association and general manager LPG were also shared, but regretted that all these had not received any positive response till date.

 

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