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Nagaland to re-open religious places; HPC review meeting held

Nagaland to re-open religious places; High Powered Committee held review meeting today under the Chairmanship of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio

Kohima, June 10 (NE): The High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Nagaland with the Co-Chairman, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister in a review meeting held today decided to re-open religious places in Nagaland.

Religious places to re-open in Nagaland:

The HPC decided to allow religious places to open in the State, subject to adherence to the provisions of SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI. It was decided that the relevant Orders in this regard should mention all the conditions/provisions that need to be followed at the religious places.

Skill development programmes for returnees:

The HPC deliberated the issue of stranded people who were working outside and have returned to the State due to the ongoing pandemic, and the Department of Labour & Employment has been asked to register all such people to the Government with full details, so that appropriate training and skill development programmes could be initiated for them to help them get gainfully employed.

Mobile app for returnees working outside the State:

The Commissioner & Secretary Labour & Employment informed that the Department is working with the IT Department to come out with an App where the returnees can register themselves along with their skill set and work experience. The data collected will be used by the Government to work on an action plan to utilise the available human resources in the State.

The HPC discussed about the mechanisms that should be put in place so that people of the State who are planning to return to other States for employment get themselves registered with the Government of Nagaland and update their place of employment and other details. This is required so that the State Government is in a position to quickly reach out to anyone outside, who is in distress and provide assistance, should any such need arises in future.

All districts in Nagaland to have COVID-19 testing facilities:

The Principal Director, Health & Family Welfare, while briefing on the COVID-19 status in the State, said that the testing capacity of the BSL 3 lab in Kohima was increasing steadily and about 90% of work has been completed in the BSL 2 Lab in Dimapur.

He further apprised that work for the BSL 2 Lab in Tuensang is in progress and within this month all the Districts in Nagaland will have testing facilities. The PD also informed that 45 numbers of ventilators have been dispatched by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India for Nagaland and is expected to arrive soon.

Separate SOP for unavoidable entry to State:

The matter pertaining to engineers, technical experts, skilled labourers etc. from outside the State, who are required to come to the State from time to time, to perform specialized and essential works in the power, telecom and other vital installations for short duration was deliberated upon. It was decided that the Home Department will examine and come out with a separate SOP for such categories of people whose entry in the State is unavoidable for short durations. There could be provisions made in the SOP for testing such people by Truenat machines on their entry, and on negative results, they could be allowed to proceed for work, while following all the social
distancing norms.

Special train from Delhi to Dimapur:

During a review meeting by the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, it was decided to run a Special Train from Delhi to Dimapur on the June 14, 2020 to bring stranded citizens of Nagaland.

Rs. 15.89 Cr disbursed to 15,899 stranded citizens of Nagaland:

The Principal Director, School Education apprised the HPC about the applications received for One Time Assistance of Rs. 10,000 by the State Government to those staying outside and voluntarily opting to stay back. After proper verification it was found that only 15,899 persons were eligible for this scheme and a total of Rs. 15,89,90,000/- has been incurred for this purpose.

The meeting was attended by the Hon’ble Minister, Health & FW, Hon’ble Minister, Planning, LR & Parliamentary Affairs, Hon’ble Advisor, IT & ST and NRE and senior officials of the State Government. The Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture & Cooperation, Hon’ble Minister, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Justice & Law, Hon’ble Minister, Public Health Engineering Department and Hon’ble Minister, PWD (Housing & Mechanical), also attended the meeting.