Cabinet discusses strategy to ensure availability of essential commodities

Staff Reporter

Imphal, March 30: The state cabinet on Monday discussed to chalk out a strategy to ensure adequate supply of rice and regular availability of essential items, especially grocery items for the public during the ongoing lockdown initiated to control community transmission of Coronavirus.

The cabinet meeting held at the CM’s secretariat here on Monday morning assessed the complaints from different sections of the public regarding reduced share of PDS rice. It also chalked out strategies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to government spokesperson works minister Th Biswajit, the cabinet minutely discussed the complaints over rice distribution and resolved to ensure rice share for all. It also resolved to ensure functioning of more grocery stores so that the public do not face shortage of grocery items, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up the initiative of nationwide lockdown for 21 days as staying home and social distancing is the best chance of defence against the global pandemic. As a result, transmission of the disease is decreasing in the country, Biswajit said and urged all to understand their responsibility in the fight against COVID-19 and stay at home.

Monday’s cabinet also resolved to provide adequate PPEs and surgical masks to all the quarantine facilities being set up in all the districts. It also resolved to seek support from different state governments to deliver food items to Manipuris, who are stranded in their respective states. Nodal officers will be appointed for the purpose and required fund will be wire transferred to the state governments concerned, the minister informed.

He expressed appreciation to all individuals, private companies and organisations who/which have donated fund to the CM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund and also appealed to all to continue their support in the fight against the global pandemic.

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