Kohima: Legislators of the ruling coalition in Nagaland will contribute 30% of their monthly salary to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), for a period of one year starting April this month.
Announcing this on Twitter, chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday wrote: “In order to combat #Covid_19, all Ministers and Advisors of the Government of #Nagaland will contribute 30% of their monthly salary, for one year, to the PM-CARES Fund. I thank them for their concern and contribution”.
Later, a press release from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly secretary PJ Anthony informed that all the MLAs of the ruling coalition in Nagaland have decided to contribute 30% of their monthly salary for a period of one year, starting from April this year.
“This is besides the one month’s salary that all the MLAs of the state have already contributed to the medical department of the state in March 2020, for supporting the efforts of the government of Nagaland in dealing with the COVID-19 situation,” the statement added.
The decision comes as a response to the Prime Minister’s appeal to the nation to contribute generously towards the PM CARES Fund to help fight the distress situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and other similar situation.
As of 5 pm on Thursday, no positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been detected in the state. A total of 69 samples have so far been sent for testing, of which 65 have resulted in negative. The results of the remaining four samples are still awaited.
Meanwhile, the chief minister, along with several ministers, advisers and senior officials held a review meeting on Thursday to assess the COVID-19 situation and preparedness of the health department.