Kohima: A day after the state government appealed the citizens to observe the ‘Janata Curfew’, it clarified that observing the curfew called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “voluntary and self-imposed”. An official update from the DIPR said that the Janata Curfew on March 22 is not being enforced by the state government.
It said that the call made by PM Modi is voluntary and self-imposed and is not being enforced by the state government. However, the state government appealed all citizens to show solidarity and voluntarily stay indoors during the period from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22.
Earlier on Friday, chief secretary Temjen Toy appealed citizens of Nagaland to show solidarity by participating in the ‘Janata Curfew’ by not moving out of their homes on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm except those associated with emergency and essential services. This appeal was made following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to India for a ‘Janata Curfew’ to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to strengthen the fight of the people against it.
The Prime Minister had also convened a video conference with the chief minister of all states on Friday. Chief minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio along with the minister of health & family welfare, chief secretary and other senior officials attended the video conference.
The state governments were requested to intensify various efforts to combat the COVID-19. The states were also instructed to conduct mock drills on hospital preparedness on March 22.