Let’s fight and win the war against Covid-19: CM

IMPHAL, 9th Apr: Chief minister N Biren has appealed to the people of the state to fight collectively and win the war against Coronavirus.
In a video message to the people of the state on Thursday, Biren acknowledged the potential and expertise of the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of the state.
He appreciated the team of JNIMS, who treated the first Covid-19 patient of the state successfully and announced that the government would give a cash reward of Rs 35 lakh to the team.
He thanked Dr Uthan and Dr Manojkumar who volunteered and led the team to treat the patient at JNIMS. The Chief minister also stated that the government is actively considering to provide cash incentives or awards to those who are working in the frontline of fighting COVID-19.
Seeking support and cooperation of the people, Biren said that saving the lives of people is the top-priority of the government at this hour of pandemic. The government is fully prepared to fight the coronavirus.
He maintained that the government has enough stock of medical equipment such as PPEs (8,519), 3-layer masks (1,85,458), N-95 masks (22,184), hand gloves (72,116), non-contact thermometers (96), sodium hypochlorite 4% solution 5 litre jar (999) and hand sanitizers, etc.
Considering the current situation of the disease in the country, the chief minister said that the ongoing nationwide lockdown must be extended for some days to check the spread of Covid-19. He opined that as the disease is highly contagious, “we must take utmost precautionary measures to stop further spread of the disease.”
Till now, the state has received four consignments of medical equipment and essential medicines from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah, he added.
N Biren revealed that government is preparing a quarantine centre for Manipuri citizens stranded in other states. If the lockdown is relaxed for one or two days they will be brought back as all of them agreed to stay in quarantine after their return.
Clarifying about the proposed construction of a quarantine centre at Langthabal, Biren stated that the government identified the site after someone volunteered to donate land but the government has shelved the plan as many clubs and individuals raised objection over the construction at the site. He assured that the government is committed to construct a dedicated quarantine centre at an undisputed land.
Pointing out some of the recent measures taken up by the government, he mentioned that the state cabinet has decided that up to Rs 25 lakh can be used in each Assembly Constituency under MLA LAD fund for Covid-19 related expenses as one time measure for supply of essential commodities, protective gear like mask, sanitizers, drinking water, etc. Under the fair price shop system, 2-3 shops in each district will be identified for district level supply of PDS rice, he added.
The Chief Minister informed that financial entitlements for around 62,000 beneficiaries under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme amounting to around Rs 310 lakh have been released on April 6 with Rs 500 being deposited in the bank account of each beneficiaries.
Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme for 12 months amounting to around Rs 11 crore and Manipur Old Age Pension selected through ‘Go to Village’ amounting to around Rs 25 crore will be released soon. CMST scholarship for 110 students with disability for duration of one year will be released. CMST- caregiver allowance to 4,879 persons with disability amounting to Rs 585 crore has been released by the government. Rs 1000 have also been deposited into the account of 23,500 labourers. N Biren Singh also appealed to the people to stop posting any message or videos on social media which can incite communal tension in the state at this hour of crisis. He asked public to stay home till the duration of lockdown and cautioned that anyone indulging in mischief will be arrested.
The chief minister also informed that the Centre has given its nod for the setting up of a Medical College at Churachandpur for which Rs 325 crore have been earmarked by the government.

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