Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Bamang Felix, the Environment and Forest minister Mama Natung and Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) mayor Tame Phassang jointly flagged off 23 ration laden vehicles for further distribution among the people of Itanagar Capital Region (ICR).

The ration items, which were procured by the ministers and mayor, would be distributed among thousands of daily wage earners and those stranded in the ICR due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The ICR consists of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

Speaking on the occasion, Felix said the state government said: “We are not only concerned about the people and families who have lost their loved ones due to Covid but also for those families who are dependent on daily wages. These contributions are for those who are stranded and cannot avail the benefit of government schemes.”

Echoing Felix, Natung said no government or individual would like to impose lockdowns if there were other alternatives.

This (lockdown) is the only option left for us to control the virus from spreading further, he said while seeking cooperation from all.

Phassang said no government funds were used for the ration or its distribution and the contributions were made purely on a personal basis.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu had suggested those willing and capable to contribute towards the daily wage earners and stranded people following we managed to procure these essential items. We also got support from the IMC corporators and well-wishers, he said.

The mayor informed that at least 6,000 people would be provided around 10kgs of rice including other basic commodities in different wards that fall under the IMC’s jurisdiction.

Among others, ICR deputy commissioner Talo Potom, IMC commissioner C Chuku, district food and civil supplies officer Amit Bengia, Naharlagun SDPO D Gumja were present on the occasion.

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