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Nagaland govt to give Rs 10,000 to stranded citizens who opt to stay back

Nagaland Government to give Rs 10,000 to stranded citizens of Nagaland presently staying outside who opt to stay back where they are at present

Kohima, May 13 (NE): Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS in a press release issued on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, said that the government has decided to give Rs. 10,000 to stranded citizens outside the state who opt to stay back where they are at present.

The Government of Nagaland has been making detailed plans to bring back the people of Nagaland who are stranded outside the State in a staggered manner keeping in view our limitations in infrastructure for quarantine and other resources, said the press release.

However, the announcement made by the Government of India on May 11, 2020 on introduction/resumption of special train services from New Delhi and other major cities has thrown these plans out of gear and the State Government is therefore working on a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) so that the required quarantine and other protocols are put in place before the arrival of the stranded and distressed citizens into the State, he added.

Under these circumstances, the State Government has decided to give first priority and preference to stranded senior citizens and patients who had gone for medical treatment, distressed persons and those facing difficulties for repatriation to the State.

The Government has also decided to give Rs. 10,000/- to those citizens of Nagaland presently staying outside who opt to stay back where they are at present. In this connection, it is also cautioned that systems have been put in place to check fraudulent claims and punish such dishonest opportunists, stated the release.

In the meantime, several civil societies, tribal Hohos and NGOs appealed to the citizens stranded or staying outside the State not to come back at this juncture unless it is unavoidable.

The State government appreciated these appeals, given the fact that states bringing in stranded people from affected parts of the country have resulted in the increase of COVID-19 positive cases in those states. This is therefore a matter of great concern and a challenge for Nagaland which has fortunately remained COVID-19 free so far, said Toy.

Taking to twitter, Nagaland Chief Minister, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 said, “State Govt is making arrangements & SOPs for stranded citizens with priority to patients, elderly, distressed, students. In response to civil societies we also appeal to citizens to remain in your places unless unavoidable. A sum of Rs.10,000/-will be extended to those who stay back.”- unquote.

Further, Toy said that the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has convened a meeting with all civil societies today, May 13, 2020, in Dimapur, to invite opinions and discuss issues in this connection.

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