Kohima: Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy on Tuesday evening announced that the Government has decided to “give Rs 10000 to those citizens of Nagaland presently staying outside who opt to stay back where they are at present”. Toy informed that for the return of stranded persons, “first priority and preference” will be given to “stranded senior citizens and patients who had gone for medical treatment, distressed persons and those facing difficulties for repatriation to the State”.
Through a press note, Toy said that the state government has been working on “detailed plans” to bring back the people of Nagaland who are stranded outside the State in a “staggered manner”, keeping in view the limitations of infrastructure for quarantine and other resources.
“However the Government of India’s 11th May announcement on introduction/resumption of special train services from Delhi and other major cities has thrown these plans out of gear and the State Government is, therefore, working on a new standard operating procedure (SOP) so that the required quarantine and other protocols are put in place before the arrival of the stranded and distressed citizens into the State,” the statement said.
Toy said that the state government “appreciates” the civil societies, tribal hohos and NGOs who have appealed to the stranded persons outside the State “not to come back at this juncture unless it is unavoidable”, citing that the states bringing in stranded people from affected parts of the country have resulted in the increase of COVID-19 positive cases. “This is therefore a matter of great concern and a challenge for Nagaland which has fortunately remained COVID-19 free so far,” he said.
“Under these circumstances, the State Government has decided to give first priority and preference to stranded senior citizens and patients who had gone for medical treatment, distressed persons and those facing difficulties for repatriation to the State. The Government has also decided to give Rs. 10,000/- to those citizens of Nagaland presently staying outside who opt to stay back where they are at present,” he added.
However, he warned of fraudulent claims saying that systems have been put in place to check and punish the “dishonest opportunists”. He further informed that the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has convened a meeting with all civil societies on Wednesday in Dimapur to “invite opinions and discuss issues” related to this.