Over 1900 caught without face mask in Kohima

Over 1900 caught without face mask in Kohima
Volunteers seen distributing masks in Kohima, Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/9/2020 12:42:47 PM IST

Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) on Monday began enforcing compulsory wearing of masks under Kohima municipality.

AKMWP president Neibulie Kiewhuo said around 1,900 defaulters were caught  moving around without wearing face masks on the first day, following which the panchayat volunteers advised them to wear the mask everyday when they come out of their residence. While enforcing use of face masks, the volunteers from each ward, including senior leaders, imposed fines on the defaulters, listed their names and compelled to buy mask on the spot for Rs 30.

Kiewhuo hoped that citizens would not like to get embarrassed by being caught by volunteers without face masks, adding that the enforcement would continue until every citizen of Kohima becomes fully aware about the importance of wearing the mask.

Earlier, Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) administrator Kovi Meyase launched the programme in the morning at Old MLA junction.

In his short address, he appreciated AKMWP for taking the initiative of enforcing safety measures in the State capital. He remarked that without the involvement of the community, the State government and its agencies cannot go to every nook and corner of the city to enforce such measures.

Meyase however instructed the volunteers not to take law into their hands while on duty. “While doing something good, let us not go overboard,” he reminded them.

Acknowledging the wards for their active contribution towards creating awareness about COVID-19 in their localities, the administrator reminded them that until a vaccine is found, the risk and danger would remain.

He hoped that the initiative would make the city safer, even as he reminded the citizens to practise hand washing, maintain social distancing and following the simple therapy of drinking hot water. 

In his speech, the AKMWP president reminded everyone that the pandemic was not yet over and expressed concern how netizens were not aware that COVID cases are still increasing. 


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