Imphal: Amid the global COVID-19 scare, the Manipur government is reaching out to people from the state stranded across the country due to the national lockdown by provided essential items to them.
As part of the state government’s outreach programme, relief materials were distributed to about 700 students and other stranded people from the state living in Delhi-NCR in the last three consecutive days.
The relief packages include rice, pulses, cooking oil and personal protection items like face masks and hand sanitisers. The items were sourced through voluntary contributions from like-minded citizens, as per officials.
Chief minister N Biren Singh had assured that the distribution will continue and try to cover many as many localities as possible where people from the state are residing in Delhi.
So far, the state government has collected information, including the contact details of those in need from the state from almost 30 localities in the national capital, informed officials. As per reports, the distribution of food packages is aimed to reach to at least 4,000 needy people.
On Thursday, CM Biren had also informed that at least 3,771 stranded people outside Manipur due to lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic have received financial assistance of Rs 2,000 each.
The amount was directly transferred to the beneficiaries’ accounts after verifying the details of the applicants.
Last month, the state government had also launched a website Tengbang.in with an aim to reach out and address the grievances face by those stranded people from the state.
So far, at least 17,000 people, both students and working professionals, from the state staying in metro cities have registered and sought monetary assistance from the state.
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