Lockdown in Nagaland till July 15

Lockdown in Nagaland till July 15
A view of the Clock Tower junction in Dimapur during the ‘janata curfew’ on March 22. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/29/2020 12:45:12 PM IST

After considering the spike in COVID-19 cases in Nagaland, the cabinet on Monday decided to extend lockdown in Nagaland till July 15. Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio informed this to media persons after the cabinet meeting held at the civil secretariat here. He said the decision was made after officials of the health & family welfare (H&FW) and home departments briefed the cabinet about the prevailing situation in the state vis-à-vis COVID-19. 

Rio said the recommendations of the district task forces were also taken into account by the cabinet before deciding to extend the lockdown till July 15. He said this was done to maintain status quo on the current lockdown measures. 

Rio also said cabinet decided to send an appeal to ENPO over its five-day deadline earlier served on the State government to act on Judicial Inquiry Committee (JIC) report over the Tuensang fiasco. 

Also speaking to media, planning & coordination and parliamentary affairs minister Neiba Kronu, who is also High Powered Committee spokesperson on COVID-19 activities, said the appeal letter to “forgive and forget” on the lapses will be written by the cabinet secretary (chief secretary), besides another appeal letter to ENPO by the H&FW department.

Asked about the Governor RN Ravi’s letter, the chief minister informed that he had explained the law and order situation in the State and other issues, at a meeting with the governor on June 19 in the presence of deputy chief minister Y Patton and ministers G Kaito Aye, Neiba Kronu, Temjen Imna Along and Jacob Zhimomi.

He said the government would submit a report on its findings to the governor since the latter had brought up issues of various departments.

Compared with the 1960s till 1997 when ceasefire began, the chief minister claimed that the law and order situation in the State had “tremendously improved”. To buttress his claim, Rio reminded that Nagaland had received the “Best State” award for maintenance of law and order in the small States category for two consecutive years 2018-19 and 2019-2020. He added that the award spoke volumes and therefore there was no need to dwell in detail.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to take stringent measures to seal borders with Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur by deputing more police personnel at the inter-State check gates.

Meanwhile, chief secretary Temjen Toy has informed that all existing guidelines with regard to lockdown, notified on May 4 and subsequent order on June 10 will remain in force. These include relaxations regarding opening of religious places/places of worship for public, and another order dated June 20 regarding plying of local taxis and auto rickshaws in the border sub divisions, shall continue to remain operative in Nagaland till July 15 2020. 

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