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Rs 2000 each for Manipuris stranded due to lockdown

Rs 2000 each for Manipuris stranded due to lockdown
Manipur CM visits old age homes in Imphal on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 16 | Publish Date: 4/16/2020 9:48:19 AM IST

Rs 2000 each has been transferred into bank accounts of around 3000 Manipuris stranded outside the state owing to the nationwide lockdown to combat spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The state government listed another 1700 individuals who were qualified for availing the benefit of the state government’s initiative to extend help to the people of the state who are stranded at various places of the country following the sudden lockdown on March 24 and sought the help of the government through tengbang.in.

State chief minister N Biren Singh said that the step was taken considering difficulties including financial problem, harassment, racial attack etc. faced by the stranded people. “Government considers it necessary to give priority to them because they are away from home and facing different types of difficulty,” Singh said. The chief minister added that to hear the grievances of natives of the state stranded in different cities, one IAS officer each had been appointed as in-charge officers of all the states. 

The officers have also been asked to identify natives from the state who are staying in their respective in-charge state for medical treatment so that the state government extend some financial assistance to them.

“We are considering providing assistance to those who are now in different cities for medical treatment and the IAS officers have been asked to collect information about them,” Singh added.

The chief minister said this in his address to reporters during his visit to old age homes in Imphal East and West districts today. He paid the visit considering the vulnerability of COVID-19 pandemic to elderly people and to assess safety measures being taken up in these homes.  He interacted with inmates and also presented ration items, hand sanitizers, masks, medicine etc. to them. Asserting that the state is going ahead in the right tract in tackling spread of COVID-19 so far, the chief minister thanked the people and the media for the cooperation they extended to the government. 

After April 20, the chief minister informed, the state government may consider relaxations for some selected sectors after assessing the situation.  However, no decision would be taken in a hurry because Manipur shares a long international boundary with Myanmar and even a slight laxity may lead to an unmanageable situation.

Urging the public and civil society from different organizations to join hands in the fight of COVID-19 with the government, Singh observed “now is not the time to indulge in blame game and unnecessary criticism.”  He also urged the public to immediately inform the police or call the toll free number of Common Control Room in case essential items were sold at a  price higher than the price fixed by the government.

The chief minister was accompanied by some MLAs of the ruling BJP and top ranking officers of the state government during the visit.

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