Manipur government may consider lockdown relaxations after April 20: Biren

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 16, 2020: After April 20 Manipur government may consider relaxations of Covid-19 lockdown for some selected sectors after assessing the situation, chief minister N. Biren Singh told reporters here on Thursday.

However, no decision would be taken in a hurry because Manipur shares a long international boundary with Myanmar and even a slight laxity may lead to an unmanageable situation, Biren said.

Biren was at old age homes located at Kongba Nongthombam Leikai in Imphal East and Mongshangei in Imphal West. He visited there to assess the safety measures taken up at these homes considering vulnerability of pandemic Covid-19 to elderly people.

Biren interacted with the inmates and also presented ration items, hand sanitizers, masks, medicine etc. to them.

Talking to reporters, he thanked the people and the media for extending cooperation to the government in tackling spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Urging the public and civil society different organizations to join hands in the fight against Covid-19 with the government, the chief minister observed that now is not the time to indulge in blame game and unnecessary criticism. He also urged the public to immediately inform the police or call the toll free number of Common Control Room if anybody comes across sale of essential items in the price higher than the price fixed by the government.

Biren said to hear the grievances of the state natives stranded in different cities, one IAS officer each had been appointed as in-charge officers of all the states.

Stating that it is necessary to give priority to them because they are away from home and facing different types of difficulty including financial problem, harassment, racial attack etc, he said the government had started transferring financial aid of Rs 2000 each to the bank accounts of stranded people, who sought help through

The government is also considering to provide assistance to those who are now in different cities for medical treatment, he added.

MLA Th. Satyabrata, principal secretary (health) V. Vumlunmang and other high ranking officers also accompanied the chief minister during the visit.

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