Essential commodities provided during lockdown break
KANGPOKPI, Mar 27: Days after the state came under lockdown owing to Coronavirus, a brief break was announced to facilitate the people purchase essential commodities in Kangpokpi town.
The relaxation was as per the guidelines laid down by the District Council Administration, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council, Kangpokpi and under the directive of the Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi.
Decision to allow movement of the denizens was taken during a meeting held on Thursday and attended by representatives of the District Administration, District Council, Kangpokpi Police, KTC and CSOs and chaired by ADC Sadar Hills Haokholal Hangshing.
During the break, people maintained social distance while the shop keepers insisted on orderly purchase of goods and police personnel assisted by local volunteers constantly advised the people to strictly follow prescribed guidelines.
According to the order issued by Chief Executive Officer, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council James Doujapao Haokip, 21 grocery shops, two gas agencies and an oil agency apart from vegetable vendors would be allowed to operate thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
One curfew/shopping pass per family was issued for all households in 16 wards of Kangpokpi DHQs.
Villages which are not under the Kangpokpi Town Committee have the option to either furnish details of head of the household for issuance of curfew/shopping pass or to recommend in their Village Authority letterhead the particular vehicles, two in maximum, and person who shall represent their particular village to purchase essential commodities.
In respect of Kangpokpi, Ward No. 1 to Ward No.5 were allotted the timing from 6 am to 10 am and Ward No. 6 to Ward No.12 from 10:30 am till 2 pm while Ward No. 13 to Ward No.17 were allotted the time to purchase essentials from 2:30 pm till 6 pm.
During the break, Kangpokpi police personnel lead by SP Hemant Pandey and additional SP Lalminlen Misao assisted by volunteers of Kangpokpi Youth Union and Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisations monitored the flow of shopping, movement of shoppers in maintaining social distancing.
SHADC Kangpokpi also instructed All proprietors/owners of shops/business establishments dealing with essential commodities to sell all essential items in fair and legal price, refrain hoarding and black marketing, submit stock position of all essential items, ensure availability of all essential commodities and avoid inflation of price, all Pharmacists to ensure availability of first aid, alcohol based sanitizers, masks, gloves, basic medicines, etc., and allow customers to purchase in such quantity to fulfil their requirement for 3-4 days or till the next day opening of shops.
It also warned that trade licenses of defaulters shall be cancelled without further notice and are liable to be booked under Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Meanwhile, Kangpokpi police thanked the people of Kangpokpi for their cooperation and support during the day break by following and respecting the instructions.