Imphal, May 24:
According to social media posts, 102 returnees from UP and Uttarakhand presently undergoing mandatory quarantine at designated centre at Haoreibi College Boys and Girls Hostel are living under pathetic condition with no proper drinking water, dustbin or hygienic arrangements or food, and no government authority has visited this place so far. A press statement issued by Laishom Ibomcha Singh, Former Secretary (Law)& Ex- MLA today further states that the sum of Rs 200 for every inmate staying at these quarantine centres promised by the state government have yet to reach the inmates, and also adds that if any government authority fails to visit and inspect the said community Quarantine Centre by 2pm tomorrow, all the 102 inmates will return to their homes as per an ultimatum submitted to the Chief Minister. Terming the conduct of the state authorities as an abject negligence on the part of the state government, the former MLA cautioned that if the inmates carried out their threat due to the continued negligence of the state government without testing for the virus, it would prove catastrophic if any one of them happened to be Covid-19 positive, and would certainly cause a huge social unrest. Questioning the inequalities in facilities provided at different designated quarantine centres across the state and terming the same as discriminatory, the statement questioned the adequacy of Rs 200 for a day given the lack of facilities, food and water at the centre. Recalling the announcement of Rs 822.22 Crores by the centre on 20 May for Corona Management for Manipur state by Union DONER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, as well as an appeal for Rs 100 Crores from the centre by the State Health Minister to Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the statement questioned whether the fund has been actually transferred, adding that an utilization certificate would be required before further financial assistance can be availed by the state. Drawing immediate attention of the state government, the press release appealed the authorities to look into the discrepancies to make the sincere efforts of the state government of bringing back stranded Manipuri natives from different parts of the country a success.