Kohima June 22 (NE): The Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD), in a letter to the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, on June 21, 2020, appealed to continue to address the issues faced by stranded persons outside the state and also to re-examine the beneficiary list of Chief Minister Special Package.
The students’ Union appreciated the efforts of the Chief Minister along with all the frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and acknowledged the assistance given to stranded denizens of the state, and also highlighted the commendable work by Deputy Resident Commissioner of Nagaland House, Delhi.
The Union have been coordinating with different NGOs and respective North-East State Bhawans in providing basic needs to stranded people of the state, and that the Union have been visiting hospitals to cater to the patients, attending distress calls along with Delhi Police (SPUNER), dealing with various forms of discrimination faced by NE people, since the first week of March 2020, it said.
While appreciating the successful evacuation of Nagaland Stranded Citizen in Delhi & NCR on June 14, 2020 by providing Shramik Special Train Phase-1 from Delhi to Dimapur, the Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD) brought to light important issues to the CM for necessary action.
The Union appealed to re-examine the beneficiary list of Chief Minister Special Package announced on May twenty as there are listed beneficiaries who have not received any benefit till date. Despite repeated requests by various Student bodies, the Government have failed to take up the issue with seriousness. This special package has lapsed but the plight of the stranded Nagas have not. The NSUD stated that complaints and queries for this relief package was closed before the beneficiaries could avail the fund.
NSUD also highlighted that, there are patients still waiting to ease their medical expenses while some have already reached home with untold sufferings to endure throughout their stay and journey. The delay tactic played by the government to evade or extend payment was a misery as the stranded residents upon reaching home will not qualify from receiving the benefit.
The students’ union expressed hope that the One Time Assistance relief fund will not produce the same result like the previous relief fund where 2475 Nagas (Nagaland Citizen) were left out due to bank account issues. As every stranded Naga irrespective of their occupation or background is equally facing a tough challenge of sustenance and survival. This humanitarian package should not leave out a single stranded Nagaland citizen due to the inability to provide all the required documents. “It is an ethical crime to ask documents from beggers with food in your hands and watch them die knowing that they don’t have it”, it stated.
As the novel Corona Virus cases increases the challenges and issues has risen at its peak and the Executive have been receiving distress calls on daily basis. It is very unfortunate that, recently 2 (two) members from our community passed away and were tested COVID-19 positive and executives who were there to assist are home quarantined.
The union said that it is in dire need of finance as they continue to cater the need of community members amid pandemic exposing themselves in service to the people especially in emergency hospital visits and dead cases, for which the union requested to aid with an emergency fund.