The notification came after PM convened a video conference with all chief ministers of the state to assess the COVID-19 situation Credit: Representational image

Kohima: Amid the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government of Nagaland has directed the employees of the civil secretariat and directorates in Kohima and Dimapur, and all government offices in the districts to resume office with skeletal staff.

Through an office memorandum, chief secretary Temjen Toy on Saturday announced that the state’s civil secretariat and directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all government offices in the districts will resume office with skeletal staff from April 13, which is just a day ahead of the completion of the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

The chief secretary directed all concerned administrative heads of department (AHoD), HoDs and heads of offices to work out a detailed arrangement of staff required to attend the offices, on a roster system.

Those not attending office on a particular day will have to be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times, it informed. Further, adequate arrangements are to be made for ensuring adherence to all social/physical distancing and necessary health safety measures in the offices.

This notification comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held video conference with the chief ministers of all the states. The premier had tweeted: “Had yet another fruitful interaction with all Chief Ministers, the third such one in the last few days. We continued the extensive deliberations relating to the COVID-19 situation in India”.

Earlier during the day, chief minister Neiphiu Rio also Took to twitter saying: “Attending a video-conference with the Honourable @PMOIndia, Shri @narendramodi, along with other Chief Ministers, assessing the situation on ground and deliberating on the future course of action to combat #COVID__19 outbreak. #TogetherWeCan”. Rio was also accompanied by the deputy chief minister, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, chief secretary, and other senior officials of the state.

In the meeting, chief ministers of the states while briefing about their preparedness also requested for considering extension of the lockdown for some more time. The premier urged everyone to maintain utmost vigil as the coming three to four weeks are very crucial in the fight against COVID-19 and further conveyed that the government of India will consider the requests made for lockdown extension and give necessary guidance in this regard soon, a DIPR update said.

Ahead of the nationwide lockdown, a near-lockdown in Nagaland came into effect on the midnight of March 22 after the chief secretary issued five-point order in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Meanwhile as of 5 pm on Saturday, 70 samples have been sent for testing and the results of all the 70 samples have resulted in negative. On Saturday, the state received another consignment of medical equipment and accessories brought by Indian Air Force plane to Dimapur from New Delhi and the consignment is being brought to Kohima for further distribution to the districts.

The state also received the fourth consignment of critical medical load which arrived on Saturday through a C17 globemaster, largest transport Aircraft of IAF with a capacity to airlift up to 70 tons.

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