Kohima: Nagaland government has announced ex gratia grant of Rs 10 lakh for fatalities to frontline workers due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. This is inclusive of any employee of the state government, including the personnel of Nagaland Police and urban local bodies in the state, besides the healthcare workers.
As a welfare measure, the ex gratia grant will be given to any government employee on frontline duty who suffers fatality due to COVID-19. A notification issued by chief secretary under the home department (relief & rehabilitation branch) on Monday notified that any employee of the Nagaland state government, including any personnel of Nagaland Police and the urban local bodies in the state, who suffers fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties, will be paid an ex gratia amount of Rs 10 lakh by the state government. The announcement was also made by chief minister Neiphiu Rio on twitter.
An update on Rio’s twitter also said that Rs 34.2 lakh were given to assist 2,278 working Nagas and 881 students outside the state. A total of Rs 2.32 crore was also disbursed to the deputy commissioners with Rs 178 lakh and the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) with Rs 20 lakh for financial assistance as on April 20.
Special package for distressed/stranded citizens outside the state
In a separate tweet, Rio also announced special package for distressed/stranded citizens outside the state with immediate relief in the form of cash assistance to the distressed and stranded persons who presently outside Nagaland because of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. The scale of cash assistance is Rs 20,000 for a patient, Rs 4, 000 for a stranded professional or working person and Rs 3, 000 for a stranded student.
In this regard, a separate portal at iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in has been created for any Naga who are presently outside the state of Nagaland and is facing distress due to the Nationwide lockdown to apply for necessary assistance. With the extension of the lockdown, the chief minister also announced providing the daily wagers in the State with essential commodities and relief packets consisting of rice, dal and other essential items through district administration.
COVID-19 status as on April 20
An update from home commissioner Abhijit Sinha said that as of 3 pm, on Monday, a total of 434 samples have been sent for testing with 404 samples have resulted as negative and results of 30 samples are still awaited. While a total of 1,058 persons have been screened, a total of 121 persons are under quarantine.
Sinha also said that so far the state has received 56,000 PPEs; 2,76,000 triple layer masks; 42,000 N95 masks;11 ICU ventilators; 9 transport ventilators ; 50 CPAP machines; 1,007 B type oxygen cylinders; 119 A-type nitrous cylinders; and 54 jumbo oxygen cylinders through various consignments.