Kohima, April 03 (NE): The nationwide lockdown on Covid 19 led hundreds of Northeast people in the unorganised sectors in Chennai to lose their jobs which made it difficult for them to get food and shelter in the metro city like Chennai. Some even faced racial discrimination and harassment by threatening them to even vacate the locality, said a press release from the North East India Welfare Association Chennai (NEIWAC), today, April 03, 2020.
It is informed that, with the initiative of the North East India Welfare Association Chennai (NEIWAC), the Chennai City Cooperation and Tamil Nadu State Government set up two Northeast shelter homes in Alandur zone Chennai with free food, medical facilities and transportation. So far, there are 93 Northeast people including 30 from Nagaland taking shelter in these two facilities and there are also many Northeast people including from Nagaland without food surviving with the support initiated by NEIWAC in different places in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Salem.
“We have requested the Tamilnadu Chief Minister and Chennai City Cooperation Commissioner to set up a separate shelter home for the Northeast people because of the safety and security of the people as well as the impending economic crisis of the people particularly in the unorganised sector in the city”, said Wapangtoshi, President NEIWAC and Pastor of Naga Christian Fellowship (NCF) Chennai.
“I’m again concerned about the life of the workers in the unorganised sector after the lockdown where and how they will find job. Moreover, If they want to go back home unless the respective governments provide them assistance for travel tickets it’ll be difficult. Therefore, the Northeast States governments must do something for these people because they are our brothers and sisters” he added.
Meanwhile, NEIWAC after having a meeting with A K Vishwanathan Chennai City Police Commissioner, Thirunavakkarasu DCP (IS) Chennai, Samson AIGP (Law and Oder) Tamilnadu NE Nodal Officer, Sankaralingam ACP (IS) Chennai NE Nodal Officer and other police officials identified 18 places in Chennai that have a significant Northeast population. Security measures have been taken by the police, especially in these localities to make sure the racism menace is curbed.
Furthermore, the Chidambaram area Police under Cuddalore district was alerted by the Tamil Nadu police headquarters on racial discrimination against NE people where around 45 students from Northeast are staying after receiving a report from the NEIWAC President on Friday (3rd April 2020), it added.