Kohima: While Nagaland has no confirmed case of COVID-19, state minister of transport, civil aviation & railways, and land resources, Paiwang P Konyak, has been in self-quarantine in a small hut at his farm in Tizit under Mon district, doing away with luxuries and returning to nature since March 25.
Speaking with EastMojo on Thursday, Konyak, said, “It is not something to be liked or fun to talk about. I am sacrificing everything for the love of my parents, both of whom are above 65 years and also for my people, as l love them more than anything.”
He revealed that although he has no travel history to any of the COVID-19 affected places, he decided to self-quarantine as he was not present in his constituency during the initial days of the lockdown. “So, l chose to stay in the farm for a few days to show my people how to quarantine oneself,” he added.
Although in quarantine, the legislator distributed rice to people in his constituency at Tizit. Konyak told EastMojo that he has been engaging himself in collecting firewood, fetching water and planting areca nut plants even while in self-quarantine. He pointed that a few of his security personnel are also in quarantine with him, and that all are maintaining social distancing.
Making an appeal to the public to maintain social distancing and further abide by the rules and regulations, he said, “We must trust and support the government at this moment and must all bear with humility for the good of oneself.”
As the world battles the deadly virus, Konyak optimiscally said, “Everything happens for our good and God makes everything happen. I am grateful to be one with nature and also being able to meditate and plant crops.” He noted that he and those with him are all doing well, and remain fit and strong.
Konyak, along with Powang, advisor, fire & emergency services, SIRD, relief and rehabilitation, has been assigned to monitor the implementation of effective measures for prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19 in Mon district.
As per reports, Konyak instituted the COVID-19 Task Force Tizit Area to combat the spread of the deadly virus and has consulted with administration and security personnel to seal all border areas of Mon district. It said that ahead of other districts in Nagaland, a medical team of Tizit began to screen all incoming passengers.
Earlier taking to twitter, BJP Nagaland wrote: “Hon’ble Minister, GoN Shri. @princepaiwang has been practicing Self-quarantine in a field hut in Tizit for six days now. He beginned from the 25th of March. He along with his bodyguards distant themselves in the jungle in isolation.”