Kohima, May 10 (NE): The Naga People’s Front (NPF), while welcoming the decision of the Government to bring back citizens of Nagaland who are stranded in different parts of the country due to Covid-19 lockdown, has cautioned the Government in dealing with it.
A press communique by the party on May 09, 2020, said that it foresees a potentially disastrous situation if the process is conducted in a haphazard manner. The Government should be cautious enough while differentiating stranded people returning to Nagaland.
The NPF called upon the Government of Nagaland to exercise utmost caution as influx of Illegal Immigrants and new Migrants is a distinct possibility; especially considering that Nagaland is categorized under ‘Green Zone’ and opportunists may seek to take advantage.
The NPF also urged stringent and detailed verification of documents before entry into the state, particularly in the case of non- Indigenous persons because there is high possibility that many illegal immigrants, under the guise of residing in Nagaland may claim their right to return without proper and valid documents. This may lead to population explosion as well as the thread of spreading the dreaded pandemic in our state.
The party suggested that the best remedy would be, not to entertain renewal of expired Inner Line Permit to non-indigenous people who are stranded outside the State and desire to re-enter the state till such time as the whole of India is considered a “Green Zone” or a similar solution is arrived at.
The whole process of screening and isolating each new entrant into the state, quarantine and testing of suspected persons, etc. must not be compromised at any cost.
The party also urged upon the Government of the day to pay heed to the price rise of the essential commodities as the common people is suffering not only due to COVID-19 but for their daily survival. So, instead of paying more attention to the generation of revenue, the Government priority should be for the welfare of its people, it added.
As the Government has relaxed certain exemption on the public movement and activities, the NPF urged the Naga Public to continue to comply and adhere to the guidelines issued by the WHO with forbearance in regards to social distancing. Further, the party suggested wearing of mask outside of home should be mandatory and movement must be restricted unless absolutely necessary.