Public purchase ration items as shops reopen briefly

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL, 21st Apr: Residents of Kakching, Kangpokpi and Chandel districts came out to shop for essential items including food on Tuesday during the few hours of relaxation of the nationwide lowdown/curfew imposed by the government to contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Large number of police personnel including SP Kakching Victoria Yengkhom carried out strict regulations to enforce government guidelines with regard to mass gathering of public, to observe social distancing and wearing of masks by the people who came to Kakching Bazar to procure essential items. Several entries to the market places were also barricaded to avoid gathering of large crowd.
Joint Non-Government Voluntary Organisation ((JNGVO) Kakching and All Kakching Students’ Union (AKSU) also extended assistance to district authorities in the regulations to ensure the observance of government guidelines.
Similarly, Pallel Bazar which is a major intersection point for plain and hill areas teemed with people who came out to buy essential commodities, especially food items during the relaxation of lockdown and curfew. District police under the supervision of SP Victoria closely monitored the situation.
Large number of public also came out to buy essential commodities or withdraw money from banks in Chandel district. District Police under the supervision of SP Chandel N Madhunimai ensured regulation of guidelines.
KANGPOKPI: After weeks of complete lockdown, retail shops dealing with essential commodities in Kangpokpi district have begun to open since Tuesday, following an order issued by the District Magistrate/DC Kangpokpi on Monday.
As soon as the retail shops reopened in Kangpokpi District Headquarters, people rushed in to buy essential items from 6 00 am onwards, while maintaining social distancing and donning protective masks.
As per the order of District Magistrate/DC Kangpokpi, all retail shops dealing with essential commodities like groceries, vegetables, fruits, poultry meat and fish would be opened from 6 am to 2 pm on all days except Sundays. However, there is restriction on vehicular movement except those with passes. It also directed town committee and village authorities of localities concerned to coordinate with SDOs and district police so as to ensure social distancing and wearing of masks in public places.
Retailers, who need to purchase goods from wholesale market in Imphal, are allowed to go on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with permit issued by the District Magistrate/DC Kangpokpi.
Defaulters would be liable to face legal action under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Speaking to media persons, a customer of one of the retail shops lauded the decision of the state Government to relax the lockdown for retail shops dealing with essential commodities, adding that it would help prevent crowding in the market and further prevent any panic buying.
However, a daily wager maintained that opening of the shops makes no difference, as they do not have money to purchase any goods. Their survival is depended on government supplies, the labourer added.
Meanwhile, Kangpokpi police led by Addl SP (Ops) Lalminlen Misao in collaboration with the Kangpokpi Youth Union strictly monitored social distancing norms and wearing of mask during the opening of shops at Kangpokpi DHQs.
KYU had earlier started ‘Mask Kangpokpi’ campaign.


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