Kohima, May 29 (NE): Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today, May 29, 2020 visited Ganeshnagar, Dimapur under Dhansiripar to take stock of the ongoing renovation works of the Industrial estate which has been converted to COVID-19 Institutional Quarantine Center (IQC) as per the decision of the Cabinet. The infrastructures at Industrial estate Ganeshnagar has been left abandoned for several years as no potential Naga entrepreneurs came forward to stay and work there.
As more stranded Naga people are arriving from other States, accommodation is becoming a challenge specially for Dimapur as out of the 18000 plus returnees, Dimapur district has to shoulder the responsibility of housing more than 70%. In view of this, the Cabinet in its meeting held on May 19 at Kohima, decided for converting Industrial Estate Ganeshnagar into IQC where the Nagaland Police under the initiative of DGP Nagaland, John Longkumer and DIG Training, Aotemsu spearheaded for giving a complete facelift to the abandoned buildings, the renovation works of which started on May 22, 2020.
In a brief programme during his visit today, Rio on behalf of the Government and his colleagues expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to the Nagaland Police, from DGP John Longkumer to all rank and files for making the area possible for habitation in record time. He also donated Rs.5 lakhs to honour and acknowledge the jawans.
The Chief Minister also informed that the government would support the quarantinees at Ganeshnagar by imparting motivational training on business entrepreneurship, to those who desire to stay in Nagaland and earn their living. Rio emphasised for focussing in Agri and Allied, Entrepreneurship, Sports, Tourism in building the economy and informed that strategy group has been set up and are working on it.
Rio dubbed the present pandemic as human problem, where one cannot go strictly by the rules. Everyday it keeps on changing as per the situation of that day he said and informed that SOP would be reviewed during a Cabinet meeting to be convened on Monday.
Mentioning that Nagas in mainland India who has registered has started arriving, Rio informed that accommodation set ready in place comes to around 4500 presently including Ganeshnagar.
Rio while mentioning about the 25 COVID positive cases detected from among the Chennai special train returnees, reminded that COVID-19 was a global pandemic and strongly felt that there should not be any blame game and social stigma attached. As a family we must all welcome them and also to those who are yet to arrive, let us welcome them with love, Rio urged.
Rio appreciated and thanked the tireless efforts rendered by the front line workers including the district administration, police, Civil societies, DTF, NGOs, churches and the public in general. “We have to fight Corona virus unitedly,” Rio said.
Meanwhile, PHED Minister Nagaland, Jacob Zhimomi highlighted on the issue of shortage of medical staffs at Dimapur, to which the Health and Family Welfare Minister Pangyu Phom assured to send additional force of medical team by next week.
Rio and his entourage visited all the 3 sectors where sector A and B has been completed with everything put in place with a capacity to house around 600 persons. The 3rd sector which has total capacity for accommodating another 600 people would be ready by next week.
Hosts of Ministers and Advisors including Neiba Kronu, Imna Along, Zhaleo Rio, Sukhalu, MLA Azheto, DIG Training Aotemsu, DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi IAS, CP Dimapur Rothihu Tetseo IPS were among others who were present during Rio’s visit to Ganeshnagar.