A file photo of food packed for returnees at the Bethel kitchen in Kohima

Kohima: As per the state government’s new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for returnees entering the state from Monday onwards, food provided in quarantine centres will be charged from the inmates. However, inmates can also opt out or arrange own food from outside during their stay in quarantine centres.

Returnees entering the state from Monday will also have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for seven days, as against the previous 14 days. The returnees will have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine after the seven days institutional quarantine. All returnees or inbound travelers will also be tested.

Charges in Dimapur:

Following the order, Dimapur deputy Commissioner Rajesh Soundararajan had notified that Dimapur District Task Force (DTF) fixed the amount to Rs 350 per person per day at the institutional quarantine centres.

The DC had also informed that the charges includes Rs 40 for breakfast, Rs130 for lunch, Rs 130 for dinner, Rs 20 for water and Rs 30 for logistic expenses, (packing, fuel, delivery cost).

The payment to the caterers will be done on daily basis and official in-charge/managers of quarantine centres will collect the amount from the inmates and deposit the amount to the caterers.

DC also informed that Caterers and other person delivering food will not be allowed to enter quarantine centres and food packets are to be dropped off at designated points outside the quarantine centres only. In Dimapur, the quarantinees will be granted the released slips from the quarantine centres only after clearance of the food bill.

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Charges in Kohima:

According to the Kohima District Tasks Force (DTF) on COVID-19, all returnees to the District will be charged for fooding at Rs 300 per day for lunch and dinner.

Other basic requirements will be made available on payment to all the returnees. All the charges incurred by the returnees at the Quarantine Centre are to be cleared before discharge/release from the Quarantine Centre.

The Medical Officer of the Quarantine Centre are entrusted to collect the charges/amount incurred by the returnees at the Quarantine Centre itself.

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Charges in Tuensang:

As for Tuensang, the District Task Force on COVID 19 has decided to charge Rs 2500 as fooding fee for seven days of institutional quarantine period.

This was decided during a meeting was chaired by the DC and Chairman DTF Tuensang Kumar Ramnikant on August 7. It also constituted a laison team to be stationed at Mokokchung to assist travellers coming to the district via Mokokchung District.

Returnee/ traveller entering before 10th of August 2020:

Any returnee/traveller who has entered the State and commenced quarantining before August 10 will continue to be guided by the provisions of the earlier SOPs issued vide Notifications No.NSDMA-ER-COVID-19/301/2020 dated 1st of June 2020 and 7th of June 2020.

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