Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 24, 2020: Youth affairs and water resources minister Letpao Haokip on Wednesday ensured that any rice consuming person above the age of 2 years be given 5kg of rice per head in his constituency during the current critical times because of the lockdown of COVID-19.
He also revealed that apart from the existing quarantine centres, he will push the government to set up more quarantine facilities as the districts of Chandel and Tengnoupal is a high-risk area because of its close proximity with the international-border.
The remote villages lying along the Indo-Myanmar border and innermost recesses of Chandel and Tengnoupal have been facing extreme hardship to get essential commodities owing to the lockdown.
Apart from the rice distributed under PMGKAY and OMSS schemes, he had arranged personally from his local MLA fund and some additional fund amounting to Rd 9 lakhs from his pocket to distribute rice to the 50 thousand-plus persons of his 41-Chandel AC.
The minister reached personally to the remote villages of Chandel district such as Khambarol, Khengjoi, Sajik Tampak Kana Area and Sugnu Hill Area to distribute rice and other essential items.
Letpao told reporters that the number of voters differs by a double from the actual number of persons living in this constituency. So, he had arranged to ensure reaching of rice to each and every person of the AC free of cost. He added that even if the lockdown is extended for a longer period of time after May 3, he will ensure availability of rice for his people free of cost always.
He also appealed that complaints should be made to him or the district administration if any individual or group is found to demand a single paise of money for this distribution from the the public.
At Khambarol village, Letpao met the ADC members and village chiefs of surrounding villages. The meeting discussed about implementing more effective methods of tackling effectively the global pandemic of COVID-19. There, he assured that more quarantine centres will be set up.
The minister also said the issue of shortages in terms of medical equipments and testing facilities faced by the medical department offices located in this area, will be brought to the notice of higher authorities and will be settled soon.
During the tour, he appealed the people of the villages he reached to maintain social distancing and other necessary guidelines and to extend full support to the district administration, police and medical department officials.
Letpao had chaired a review meeting of the COVID-19 tackling measures being implemented in the two districts of Chnadel and Tengnoupal, in the attendance of DCs, SPs and DLOs at the Chandel DC Complex on April 21.