Kohima, May 20 (NE): All Cities COVID-19 Task Force for Nagaland (ACCTFN) served two days ultimatum to Nagaland Chief Minister while expressing deep outrage over the appeal for the arrangement of transportation for stranded Nagas outside Nagaland and other necessary arrangement for COVID-19 issues which fell on deaf ears.
ACCTFN in its memorandum to Chief Minister on May 14, 2020 made an appeal for the arrangement of transportation for stranded Nagas outside Nagaland and other necessary arrangements for COVID-19 issues. While seeking an immediate action and expressing deep outrage, ACCTFN said that there is not even a single communique from the government to the appeal till now.
The Task Force also said that it has been patient enough expecting a call or an official communique everyday. But now due to the lack of any response, once again, it has been brought to the esteemed office of the Chief Minister to urgently respond to the needs and inconvenience of stranded people from Nagaland.
If the government is going to arrange transportation, kindly see to it that it is arranged at the earliest without any delay because we are facing unprecedented issues and challenges with every passing day, it added.
The Task Force reiterated that Naga people are in constant fear of getting evicted. Landlords are forcing Naga brothers and sisters to leave and go to their respective state as the train services are available now. The student leaders are requesting the landlords for extension but have reached a point where the extension period that they requested have already passed.
While highlighting some of their plight, ACCTFN said, ‘We are handling cases that range from landlords locking our people in their flats to ensure that they dont go out due to nonpayment of rent, landlords turning off the water and electricity due to non-payment of rent and even cases where landlords are asking for sexual favors in return for staying in their rented apartment’.
For transportation, the Task Force also asked to provide a proper fixed date; pick-up point and send the notification to all the respective DCs or DMs of the concern states. This notification should also contain the arrangements of vehicles to pick up in the nearest point. Most of the people are relying solely on the dates to stock rations, to give fixed dates to the landlords or company accommodation, it added.
ACCTFN requested the Government of Nagaland to establish a rapport communication to other state Governments in bringing the stranded vulnerable people who are so desperate in other states at the earliest.
Further, they requested the Government of Nagaland to establish coordination between other state governments and Naga Student Unions to have an efficient and more organized evacuation of Stranded desperate people who are in need of immediate evacuation.
The Task force also questioned the COVID-19 helpline referring calls back to student leaders regarding transport arrangements when the student leaders are not given any transparency on any of the arrangements.
It also enquired alternate arrangements for those who were unable to fill the forms of special package or the returnee declaration form due to various issues like non possession of smartphones, no access to internet, getting the information late, etc.
The Cities Task Force stated that the ACCTFN working as FRONTLINERS are left perplexed and mortified when the government who is their only hope does not respond even to their queries.
Once again, the Cities Task Force appealed the state government to speed up the processes, provide proper information within two (2) days and respond to their queries at the earliest.