Evacuation only for genuine cases: MLA, SP

MOREH, 7th May: Along with holding discussions with top district officials and local MLA to identify quarantine centres for monitoring health condition of people of Tengnoupal district after their evacuation, SP Th Vikramjit Singh has suggested that only those in genuine need for returning to the state should be brought back state.
During the meeting held Thursday at Moreh police IB Complex, Vikramjit further opined that the other Manipuris should try to stay safely at the place wherever they are.
Supplementing SP’s views, Tengnoupal DC M Rajkumar Singh stated that it is not compulsory that all the stranded people should come home and proposed for arrangement of evacuation of only needed persons. He also suggested that it would be best if the stranded people remained safe at their present location.
In his address, Tengnoupal MLA D Korungthang said that all stranded people could return without permission of the states concerned although it is understandable all desire to be with their loved ones at these times of health emergency.
He continued that although the stranded Manipuris might not be infected by the Coronavirus, there are high chances of getting infection when they come into contact with infected persons while travelling back home. So, the state government has arranged for screening and testing facilities at Mao and Jiribam gates.
In case any of the returnee is found to be positive, he or she will be admitted to a nearby hospital and if found to be negative, arrangement shall be made for puttinputting them in quarantine centre. This responsibility should not be handled only by the district administration but the Autonomous District Council members, CSOs and village chiefs sing should also extend help to the district administration, the MLA said.
While observing that there are high chances of spreading the Covid-19 as Myanmarese continue to exchange goods with Indians at the porous Indo-Myanmar border, the MLA urged the public not to continue such illegal practices as it may be fatal when the deadly disease is spread to the denizens.
He further appealed to public not to rely only on the security forces in stopping illegal business between the Myanmarese and state business operators while urging the village chiefs to let the youth patrol border areas to check all illegal activities. The MLA also stressed that all should maintain social distancing and wear face mask as it is the only preventive measures to contain the virus at present.
ADC vice chairman S Tongpao Mate also assured of providing all possible help to denizens of Tengnoupal district who remained stranded outside the state.
Among others, the meeting was attended by ADC Chandel members J N Baite, Chinnevah Haokip, Meshil and Mathew; and village chiefs, leaders of Meitei Council Moreh, All Community Development Organisation, Hill Tribal Council, Tamil Sangam, Manipuri Muslim Council, Gorkha Samaj Samiti and women’s organisations of Moreh area.

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