Peren, June 10 (NE): The Zeliangrong Students’ Union Nagaland (ZSUN) called for a press conference with a symbolic agitation on June 10, 2020 at the conference Hall of the Jalukie Town Women Welfare Organization, under Peren district.
Addressing the Press conference, the President ZSUN Dithuibo Newmai, said that the proposed rally was on behalf of all the innocent people in the district to make their voices heard with the support of Zeliangrong Baudi, Jalukie Students’ Union, Jalukie Town Youth Organization, Mother’s Association, Trader’s Association, Chairman ward Union, Civil Rights Forum, Church Leaders, etc, but unfortunately it was called off by the DC.
The proposed rally is of concerned citizens with a genuine demand, since Peren district has been neglected by the government for so long, he added.
The President urged the people to look at the COVID hospital Jalukie with just 20 isolation wards, and SOP guidelines are to send all returnees to the district without testing. Over 1500 returnees are expected in Peren, and around 400 persons have already reached, he said.
Citing the 3rd June incident, the President ZSUN accused that the error of sending COVID-19 positive person along with 16 returnees violates all SOPs is from the government. The 16 returnees are yet to be tested, he added. At the expense of the lives of thousands of people, excuses from the govt don’t have a place to accommodate and it will not suffice.
Expressing disappointment and resentment over the government of Nagaland for ignoring and disregarding the appeal made by Joint Action Committee (JAC) on COVID-19 Peren district and the Student’s Union, a seven (7) day ultimatum was served to the Chief Minister cum the chairman of the High Powered Committee (HPC), as the government has turned deaf and blind to the representation given by the JAC on COVID-19 which is a conglomeration of NGOs, tribal bodies and church organisation.
The irresponsible attitude of the govt in handling the returnees of Peren district on June 3rd and the subsequent silence on the part of the govt to address the grievances of the people of Peren district is nothing but an insult, stated the ZSUN.
In the ultimatum submitted to the CM through DC Peren, the ZSUN demanded that the state government must initiate prompt actions against the erring officials and establish 100 bedded COVID hospital in the district with modern facilities at the earliest.
The Union also demanded to immediately provide adequate tools and machineries to set up makeshift ICU in the district hospital and post adequate staffing to man the hospital.
The ultimatum stated that failing to meet the demands of the people of Peren within 7 days with effect from June 10, the ZSUN with CSOs will take it’s own course of action.
Meanwhile, CR Zeliang, the president of Zeliangrong Baudi also said that facility and infrastructure wise, Peren district is very unprepared. Following the 3rd June fiasco, the JAC has appealed the govt to address the grievances of the people of Peren. With only 1 ICU bed, 20 isolation beds, and only 8 doctors, we are heading for a tsunami if proper measures are not taken up immediately, he warned.
The Secretary of CRF, Gwangphun addressing the press conference, said that with 8 doctors it is impossible to take up the task of dealing with the pandemic in the district, while, Akonuo, Women leader, also said that according to the domicile report of COVID positive cases, Peren has the highest number of patients of COVID-19. Govt is yet to give any facilities to the district of Peren. The Women Welfare Organization urged the govt to upgrade the COVID hospital in Jalukie.
Dithuibo Newmai, President ZSUN, CR Zeliang, President Zeliangrong Baudi, Gwangphun, Secretary of Civil Rights Forum (CRF), Akono, Women Welfare Organization, Imzui Hingleu, President Jalukie Town Student’s Union, along with representatives from Baptist Pastors fellowship union, Jalukie Town Youth Organization, Chairman Ward Union, Churches Union, and other public representatives were present at the press conference.