‘Restricting Thoubal denizens discriminatory’

IMPHAL, 27th Jul: Prohibiting movement in the entire Thoubal district and restricting the denizens from getting out of the district over the local spread of Covid-19 in some selected localities underscore discriminatory policy of the government, said former chief minister Okram Ibobi.
Addressing a press meet at his official residence at Babupara, which was held in the presence of AICC CWC member MLA Gaikhangam, MLAs K Ranjit, K Meghachandra and Th Lokeshwar, Ibobi said that it is not the right time to criticise the government over its measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 as everybody has their own roles to play in the fight against the pandemic. However, one cannot simply ignore some of the policies of the government, which look childish.
Fortunately, the pandemic has claimed no lives in the state, Ibobi said, adding that he hoped that the situation remains the same. The state consultative committee, which has intellectual members from different fields, is holding weekly meet every Saturday. However, impractical policies of the government often crops up from time to time which shows improper management of the situation on the part of the government, he contended . Containment zones are declared in localities where cases of local transmission have been reported and it is the practice that is adopted across the country. However, in the case of local transmission cases in Thoubal district, the government declared the entire district as containment zone instead of declaring the affected and potentially affected localities only. The government restricted entry of other people into the district and exit of Thoubal residents even in those unaffected areas within the district, which is rather discriminatory, Ibobi said.
The opposition leader also criticised the orders of such restrictions issued by Manipur University authority and state assembly as well as RIMS and JNIMS against Thoubal residents. Such restrictions have severely affected those in need of medical emergencies. There are even instances of denying admission of expectant mothers, and those needing dialysis in some hospitals if the patients are from Thoubal district.
Mentioning about the positive cases in the family of health minister and PWD official, the CLP leader asked if the government would be declaring the entire Imphal West district as containment zone. Thoubal district is in the fifth place among the districts in terms of total positive cases, he pointed out and questioned the legality and authority of putting in place such targeted restrictions by MU and state assembly and especially hospitals. He also demanded to know if there is any standing instruction from the ministry in this regard.

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