Aizawl: Political parties, churches and civil society groups in Mizoram on Thursday urged the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga to summon all-party meet given the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The statement issued by Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) said that the meeting of all political parties, churches and civil society organisations held in Aizawl has unanimously passed a resolution seeking a joint meeting involving all political parties in the state to step up collective efforts in the battle against COVID-19.

The appeal came in the wake of several hardships and constraints faced by the state due to the spike in Covid-19 cases despite prolonged lockdown.

The all party-NGO meet called by CYMA also urged the state government to expedite vaccination and sample test for COVID-19.

It asked the state government to improve health infrastructures and exempt Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and other poor sections from taxes, including electricity and water bills.

It further asked the state government to ensure that farmers disposed of their harvests at reasonable prices.

Among others, the meeting also passed resolutions appealing people to strictly adhere to Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviour and also urged landlords to waive off rent to their tenants.

Mizoram continues to grapple with the second wave of pandemic as rising Covid-19 cases remained unabated despite prolonged lockdown for more than 60 days.

The northeastern state on Wednesday reported 226 Covid-19 cases, pushing the state’s tally to 18,635.

The death toll rose to 87 as a 41-year-old woman has succumbed to the infection at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Thursday.

The state now has 4,331 Covid-19 active cases, while 121 people have recovered on Thursday, raising the total recoveries to 14,217.



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