Imphal, May 25:
Home department of the Government of Manipur today issue fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for flight passengers who landed here in Imphal with the resumption of air service today.
As per the fresh SOP, passengers who landed in Imphal airport have been kept at Institutional Quarantine Center (IQC) opened at HRD Academy and Little Flower School for 14 days. Some had chosen paid quarantine center opened at private hotel. The passengers will be sent for home quarantine after testing negative of Coronavirus , however those tested positive have to undergo treatment as per the protocol.
Unlike the previous SOP issued by the government, the fresh SOP issued today stated that no passenger will be allowed to go home without testing negative or till the completion of 14 days quarantine.
A total of 95 passengers landed today at Indigo Flight and similar number is expected to arrive with Air Asia that will land in afternoon. Among these 95 passengers 92 boarded from New Delhi while 3 boarded from Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati.
The two quarantine centers at HRD Academy and Little Flower School were opened today as per the SOP of the government issued today by the Deputy Commissioner of Imphal West district.
Earlier, before the arrival of the flights at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport Imphal six students’ body of the state AMSU, DESAM, MSF, KSA, SUK and AIMS had thronged inside the Imphal airport and protest the previous government SOP which stated that passengers which landed in Imphal will be sent for home quarantine. Representatives of the six students’ bodies confronted with the state law enforcing agency however, the matter was settled after the government issued fresh SOP today.
Talking to media person, Peter Laishram pours slashing criticism to the government over the earlier SOP saying that when the state have no report of any positive Coronavirus cases strict protocol was followed and when the state today have over 32 Coronavirus cases such protocol were exempted. Terming such attitude as unfortunate Peter said that the government’s SOP will not only create burden to the state but will also create chaotic situation in the locals where the passengers belong to.
Kuki Students’ Organisation had also strongly reacted to the previous government SOP. The students’ body had stated that they will not allow the flight passengers to return back to their home until they were tested and quarantine.