Minister Radheshyam discusses with officials on lockdown relaxation

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 17: Education, labour and employment minster Dr. Thokchom Radhehsyam, district in – charge of Thoubal and Kakching visited both the districts on Friday.

The minister and district officials in a meeting discussed the arrangements undertaken by the respective District Administrations in view of the likely relaxation for certain categories from April 20.

The meeting was held with deputy commissioner of Thoubal and Kaching, N. Bandana Devi, superintendent of police of both the districts, Victoria Yengkhom, Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, chief medical officers, fire services, officials concerned and all essential service providers.

The minister said that as per the announcements made by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi the farmers, farm workers, shops of agricultural machinery, plumber, carpenter, and electricians are some of the categories where relaxation is likely to be made. He pointed out that the meeting discussed on ways to monitor and segregate the movements of people belonging to these professions once the relaxation is implemented.

He added that several feedbacks were received and a plan for the districts will be developed soon. It will be put up to the chief mjnister for his decision which will be implemented in the district. He added that all the preparations will be arranged as per the guidelines of Government of India.

Since the nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent extension for nineteen days till May 3, he said that the primary task for the government has been to make all necessary preparations ready to lessen the hardships faced by the public.

He explained that because of lockdown the movements of the public have already been restraint and many daily wage earners and other labourers are unable to earn their daily livelihood. He added that in view of the present situation it is necessary that the essential commodities are made available to the people.

Lauding the medical fraternity and police personnel who are carrying out their duty, the minister appealed them to be a little more sensitive and friendly towards the public.
Replying to media, Dr. Thokchom Radhehsyam said that the rice is to be distributed in two terms one under the National Food Security Act for one month on payment of Rs.3 per kg to the beneficiaries of NFSA card holders. While the other is to be provided for three month – April, May and June for free of cost which wills 5kg per head. If this fails to meet the need then the rice shall be bought from the MLA Local Area Development Fund to fulfil the necessary requirements.

He also sought the support of the public and appealed to extend cooperation and assistance to the medical fraternity, security forces, and media persons who are tirelessly working 24 X 7. (DIPR)

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