Cabinet to decide on lockdown relaxation today

IMPHAL, 19th Apr: A cabinet meeting has been convened on Monday to decide which sectors or activities would be exempted from the nationwide lockdown which will continue till May 3.
Chief minister N Biren said that the state government has received directives from Union Government for relaxation of lockdown restrictions in some parts of the state. Accordingly, necessary decision will be taken by the Cabinet on Monday following which the government would issue notification regarding sectors or areas where the lockdown will continue or where it will be relaxed.
Meanwhile, the CM launched Home Delivery Supplies Management Control Room at Dharmasala, Thangal Bazar on Sunday to address the grievances faced by the people of the state in procuring essential items due to the nationwide lockdown.
Speaking at the launch function, N Biren stated that public can contact the toll-free number 1800-313-8171 from 9 am to 3 pm daily. He also commented that the initiative will reduce the number of people coming out from home to buy essential items and conveyed that the newly launched control room will better facilitate home delivery services provided by various agencies in the state.
The control room will be operational for Imphal East and Imphal West districts in its initial phase and services for remaining districts will follow shortly, he said, adding that officials of different Government departments and Chamber of Commerce have been deputed to redress the grievances of the people.
Moreover, the CM highlighted that the government has extended one-time financial assistance of Rs 2000 each to 12,561 natives of the state, out of 16,172 who have registered through and are stranded in various parts of the country. Informing that that the monetary aid was transferred into the bank accounts of the stranded people of Manipur, the chief minister informed that the aid will be provided to the remaining individuals by Monday.
He further asserted that the government is committed to extend every possible help to the natives of the state who are stranded in other parts of the country, stating that the government is in constant touch with the chief ministers and high officials of the states concerned to ensure safety and welfare of the stranded natives.
CM Biren appreciated the cooperation of the public in the fight against COVID-19 in the state. He also expressed gratitude for the selfless sacrifices of doctors, nurses, paramedical staffs and those who are in the frontline of fight against COVID-19. He also mentioned that the second COVID-19 patient of the state is recovering and was tested negative on Saturday and will undergo another round of test on Sunday and if the test turns out negative then Manipur will become free of COVID-19 cases.
Deputy speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly K Robindro, MLA of Sekmai AC H Dingo, MLA of Yaiskul AC Th Satyabrata, additional chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, DCs of Imphal West and Imphal East districts, officials of various departments and members of Chamber of Commerce were also present during the launch.

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