Officers join hands to help stranded NE people

NEWDELHI, 23rd Apr: Hearing tales of stranded north-eastern people across the states, Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers have joined hands to help them in a coordinated manner and have exclusively set up 24X7 ration control room for them.
They have also released Whatsapp numbers – 8011034569 and 8527320763 - for ration with the help of a non-governmental organization.
It was found that the people from northeast region living in various parts of the country fear being racially humiliated over coronavirus and also of being threatened by landlords for being evicted over non-payment of rent.
The initiative was taken up by IPS officer Robin Hibu based in Delhi. He in his personal capacity contacted 33 IAS/IPS officers from all states and union territories and roped in to volunteer to facilitate rations to the stranded north-eastern people in their respective states and union territories.
Hibu apprised the 33 officers across the country that among the north-eastern people there is a huge "fear of being racially humiliated over coronavirus".
Further, he explained that among the stranded people there is lack of awareness about the arrangements by state government for rations and most importantly no documents are available with them for availing rations from government ration distribution.
"He also said these officers who have agreed to volunteer said that there is a huge language problem especially for people from Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim," sources said.
He also apprised them to ensure that no landlords threaten to evict them for non-payment of rent.
IPS officer Hibu, who is the face of northeast in Delhi, also explained that there are endemic difficulties like availing the emergency cash transfer, especially for students and other stranded northeast people in cities, due to erratic internet connection back home.
The officer has taken help of a non-government organization Helping Hands to open 24X7 Ration Control Room and to monitor distress calls made from across different states and Union Territories. Thereafter Helping Hands will randomly check back about the delivery of the rations to northeast students or lowly paid employees.
With the COVID-19 chaos still reigning in the nation, lockdown seems to be the only available option by the government to lower and monitor the damages to one’s health caused by the virus. But due to the lockdown, many people have been stranded in different places outside their home states. These include students from the northeast region who are out for educational purposes or employees with their workplaces in a different state.
Various helpline numbers have been set up for such people.
Through the helpline number 18003453818, the people from Manipur who are stranded in various states across India are asked to log in to a state government-supervised website via which the help is initiated.
A call beforehand would allow the helpline workers to send in your grievances to the IAS officers stationed in each of the states directly. A total of Rs 2,000 is given by the CM’s relief fund to help the people of Manipur. Approximately 12,000 people are stranded outside the state, said a helpline operator.

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