CM vows action against betel leaf traders

IMPHAL, 6th Apr: Chief minister N Biren Singh has assured the people of the state that action will be initiated as per legal procedures against those who transported betel leaves through air cargo at this hour of grief due to the spread of COVID-19.
In a video message sent out to the media from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Monday, Biren informed that as per orders issued by the state government, transportation of any non-essential item will not be allowed during the total lockdown period in the state without prior permission from the deputy commissioners concerned and no one will be allowed to transport the betel leaves outside the airport.
Biren pointed out that betel leaf business is not illegal in the state. However, at this crucial hour when people are distressed due to the pandemic Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown, the government also feels the same angst of the people over how the betel leaves which is not an essential commodity are being airlifted in the cargo planes. Urging people to support and trust the government, Biren assured that the government will not compromise anything which is against the rule of law. Any update on the issue will be informed to the public through media, he added. The chief minister appealed to the people to fight the pandemic Covid-19 collectively and urged them to stay at home, maintain social distancing to contain the dreaded disease. He also informed that under the directives of the Union government, consignment of medical items and essential commodities consisting of PPEs, hand sanitizers, face masks, etc., has been airlifted by Indian Air Force aircraft, Indigo, etc., at three intervals in the state till now.

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