Spokesperson for COVID-19 Mmhonlumo Kikon and Neiba Kronu addressing the media on Friday evening

Kohima: From the evacuation of citizens from outside the state to the management of these returnees in the institutional quarantine facilities, the Nagaland government has spent over Rs 10.36 crore as around 7,700 persons have returned to the state.

Addressing a press conference on Friday evening, Mmhonlumo Kikon, spokesperson for COVID-19 and adviser IT, science & technology, NRE, told media persons that so far Rs 1.65 crore have been spent on the evacuation of stranded persons outside the state through the means of transportation.

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Kikon informed that the state government has arranged two modes of transportation — by road and rail — of which 32 special buses from 13 states and nine special trains brought back the stranded citizens into the state.

He goes on to say that an amount of Rs 8,68,63,146 has been spent on “managing the quarantine centres” and “feeding” the returnees across all eleven districts of the state. Kikon then clarified that the state government has “hired” caterers to provide food to those in the institutional quarantine.

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While the quality of food is to be ensured by the caterers, he said that the all the District Task Force (DTF) are directed to ensure that the caterers perform their duties and deliver as they are paid by the state government.

Meanwhile, Kikon said that the High Powered committee (HPC) led by the chief minister held a video conference with the DCs, SPs and CMOs of all districts to get a ground report of the prevailing situations. He also highlighted that the chief minister attended a webinar on the implementation of e-office in North Eastern states with DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh where the state government also proposed to initiate e-office in the state.

The chief minister reminded the union minister to renew the submission made by the state government for an airport in Kohima. Kikon said that to ensure that the economic policy for the unemployed youth to be facilitated and supported, a request was also made to take the Trans Nagaland highway, popularly known as the foothill road, on priority.

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