Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Credit: File image

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday instructed his cabinet ministers to supervise various activities and measures that have been carried out across the state to combat the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the order issued, each minister will take charge of districts to ensure smooth supply and transport of essential commodities to the people living across the state, including the remote areas, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This latest development will assure people who are, in fact, on panic mode over the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

Reports are coming in where people were allegedly unable to procure goods from grocery stores or warehouses due to movement restrictions as well as most shops remaining closed temporarily amid the global scare.

As per the instructions, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh will take charge for Imphal West, works minister Th Bishwajit for Imphal East, health minister L Jayantakumar Singh and CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam will look after Bishnupur and Jiribam districts, respectively.

Similarly, for Chandel and Tengnoupal districts, CM N Biren Singh instructed youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip to oversee the activities, tribal affairs minister N Kayisii for Tamenglong and Noney districts, PHED minister Losii Dikho for Ukhrul and Kamjong districts and agriculture minister V Hankhanlian for Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts.

Also, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen will be in charge for Kangpokpi and Senapati districts and education minister Th Radheshyam for Thoubal and Kakching districts, respectively.

The CM has also requested the ministers and MLAs to distribute the total rice quotas of their respective constituencies on time to combat the food crisis over the COVID-19 outbreak.

Every family, which consists of five members living under one roof, will receive a minimum rice quota of 20 kg free of cost, he said.

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