Imphal, April 16
Considering vulnerability of pandemic COVID-19 to elderly people, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh visited Old Age Homes located at Kongba Nongthombam Leikai in Imphal East and Mongshangei in Imphal West District to assess the safety measures taken up in these homes. He interacted with the inmates and also presented ration items, hand sanitizers, masks, medicine etc. to them.
Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister thanked the people and the media for extending cooperation to the Government in tackling spread of COVID-19 in the State. After April 20, the Chief Minister informed, the State Government may consider relaxations for some selected sectors after assessing the situation. 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.
Urging the public and civil society different organizations to join hands in the fight of 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.
The Chief Minister also said that 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, N. Biren Singh said that the Government had started transferring financial aid of Rs. 2000 each to the bank accounts of stranded people, who sought help through tengbang.in.
The Chief Minister further said that the Government is also considering to provide assistance to those who are now in different cities for medical treatment.
Yaiskul AC MLA Th. Satyabrata, Pincipal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang and other high ranking officers of the State Government also accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.