Biren urges PM to stop racial abuse of NE people

IMPHAL, 11th Apr: Chief Minister N Biren Singh raised the issue of racial slur and harassment meted out to people of North East amidst Coronavirus pandemic in different parts of the country.
Biren raised the issue while taking part in video-conferencing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Ministers on Saturday.
Biren drew the attention of the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers that around 30,000 people from Manipur who have been stranded are facing hardships at different parts of the country due to the current lockdown imposed by the government to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
Many people from North East region are facing different types of harassment, and a list of stranded Manipuri students and people with the their addresses has been forwarded to the states concerned, Biren said, and appealed to the respective Chief Ministers to look after the stranded Manipuris.
Requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the states for doing the needful so as to stop harassment of NE people, Biren pointed out that Manipur Government is also taking care of safety and all other requirements of stranded people from other states. He further urged the Prime Minister to make an arrangement for bringing all the stranded people of Manipur to their homes.
Briefing the Prime Minister on state’s preparedness for facing Covid-19 pandemic, the Chief Minister revealed that the state has kept 3200 beds ready for quarantine and 50 beds each in JNIMS and RIMS have been earmarked for Covid-19 patients.
Informing that more ventilators have been installed in both the hospitals, Biren conveyed that process is underway to increase the number of testing, for which permission has been sought from ICMR to allow testing for COVID-19 in some selected private diagnostic centres in the state.
Pointing out that Manipur shares 398 km long porous border with Myanmar, the Chief Minister said that the state government had erected temporary fencing along the borders to block illegal entry of foreigners.

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