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DIPR Naga News (2.8.2021)


Deputy Commissioner & Vice-Chairman DPDB Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant, IAS, has notified that the Tuensang District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) monthly meeting for the month of August 2021 is scheduled to be held on 07/08/2021 (Saturday) at 11:00 Hours in the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall, Tuensang.

All the DPDB members have been requested to follow COVID-19 SOP and attend the meeting.

                                                                                                (Thungti, IA Tuensang)


Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS convened a meeting with district officers from various departments at DC’s Conference Hall, Kohima on 2nd August 2021 to discuss the work distribution and other logistic arrangements in regard to the celebration of Independence Day at New Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on 15th August 2021.

Reviewing the State level meeting minutes on the distribution of works, the meeting discussed on various assigned works to be taken care at the district level where concerned departments gave confirmation on the work assigned to them. Arrangement of participants for cultural troupes and football exhibition match and others in various segments of the programme were also made confirmed by the concerned departmental officers during the meeting.

The Deputy Commissioner also asked all the district officers to take it seriously as Government servant and to be responsible in respective line of duties in order to celebrate the Independence Day in a befitting manner. He also informed that visitation of Institutions/Homes for charitable work will not be carried out this year.

                                                                                    (DPRO, Kohima)


Organised by CHC Tening under the aegis of Tening SDTF on COVID-19, an awareness program for shopkeepers, drivers and other stakeholders was held at GHS Auditorium Hall, Tening on 2nd August 2021.

ADC and Chairman SDTF Tening, Rhosietho Nguori in his keynote address lauded the members present in the program and stated that drivers and shopkeepers are high risk groups who are exposed more to the chances of Covid infection. Therefore, there is a need to get those high risk groups vaccinated and keep a regular check by undergoing Covid test regularly. He also said that they also need to ensure that they confirm to Covid appropriate behavior at all times. Keeping the needs in mind, he said that the program was arranged for the drivers, shopkeepers and other stakeholders.

MO, CHC Tening, Dr. Menangtongzuk spoke on various aspects of Covid-19 including vaccine hesitancy and need for Covid testing etc.

The program was chaired by Aduile, ANM while short sharing was delivered by executive secretary LBA (N) & member SDTF on COVID-19, Rev. Kitanwi.

(Eto Kauring, IA Tening)


The Department of Planning and Co-ordination held the farewell programme in honour of outgoing Additional Development Commissioner, Nosazol Charles, on 31st July at the Conference Hall, Nagaland Civil Secretariat, Kohima.

Various speakers congratulated the outgoing officer on the completion of a successful career and thanked him for his service to the Government of Nagaland. The department highlighted his instrumental role in the successful confirmation of the departmental Service Rule and for setting up of the Sustainable Development Goals Coordination Centre (SDGCC) besides other notable achievements.

In his speech, Nosazol Charles thanked the Minister of Planning and Co-ordination, Neiba Kronu, the Administrative Heads and Heads of the various state departments for their co-operation and support during his tenure. He also mentioned that his career achievements were made possible because of the hard work carried out by the department staff.

The programme was chaired by Joint Development Commissioner, Augustine M Yanthan, who also delivered the vote of thanks. The programme was attended by Minister, Planning & Co-ordination, Land Revenue & Parl. Affairs, Neiba Kronu, senior officers and staff of the Planning & Co-ordination Department.

Joint Development Commissioner, Akyuba Sangtam will be the next incumbent to Head the department.

                                                                                    (Esuihangle, IA)


Superintendent of Police, Wokha Imtitoshi Ao and the governing body of Regimental School (DEF Wokha) organized a felicitation programme for HSLC successful candidates on 2nd August 2021 at SP’s office official chamber.

Certificates and cash incentives were awarded to students who scored distinction in various subjects. Subject teachers (distinction) were also acknowledged with cash.

Short speeches were delivered by Chairman, Regimental School Governing Body and Addl. S.P Tumchobemo Yanthan, NPS and Superintendent of Police, Wokha, Imtitoshi Ao, NPS. Both the officers congratulated the successful students and teachers for bringing laurel to the school and the Police community in the district and urged the teachers to continue to serve the student’s with commitment so that the school can produce and continue to produce good results.

The programme was chaired by Assistant Teacher, Achumbeni Kikon, while vote of thanks was delivered by head master, Regimental School DEF, Wokha, Edward Ngullie.

16 (sixteen) students appeared the 2021 HSLC and came out successfully with a pass percentage of 100%.

(Zubenthung, IA Wokha)



Zunheboto district launched the Smoke-Free District Headquarter Campaign on 2nd August 2021 at Deputy Commissioner’s residence in the presence of President, Sumi Hoho, STH, Town GB’s Association and various other public leaders.

Chairing the programme, District Nodal Officer NTCP, Zunheboto, Dr. Easter Chophy Ngulie highlighted about the aims and objectives of the campaign. She mentioned that, according to a survey, nearly 10 lakhs of the populace are into tobacco habits out of 23 lakhs total population in Nagaland for which the campaign had to be initiated to protect the future generation. She also briefed about the hazardous health infections caused by passive smoking. Easter added that the campaign mainly aims to protect the non-smokers especially our children.

ANPSA president, Zunheboto Unit, Tokavi Swu, expressed his appreciation to Dr Easter and her team for initiating No Tobacco Campaign earlier at the district focusing on schools and other public places. He added that after organising no tobacco clubs at various schools, it has helped and have come a long way in curbing tobacco usage in the district and mainly among the younger generation, which is a positive sign, he added.

Main speaker of the programme, Deputy Commissioner Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo, spoke about the disastrous effects of passive smoking and said that the smokers have and is killing the non-smokers with the fatal addiction of smoking. He appealed to the gathering by saying that the public should work together sincerely in making the campaign a success. Smoking habits needs to be treated as an emergency situation, keeping in mind the ill effects to our health in general, he added. Lichamo congratulated the campaign initiators for successfully launching the programme at the district and wished them success, which is totally needed for everyone’s benefit, he added.

                                                                                                (IA, Zunheboto)



            The district level quarterly coordination committee & district level enforcement squad, NTCP of the District Tobacco Control Cell meeting was held on 2nd August 2021.

During the meeting, it deliberated on declaration of Smoke free District Headquarters campaign and the same was launched and agreed after discussing the guidelines and action plan, during the meeting four (4) schools and one college were declared tobacco free educational institutes, namely Pinewood School, Government Middle School (Sector-C), Government Middle School (Sector-D), Santsuo Memorial School and Bailey Baptist College, Wokha.
Deputy Commissioner & Chairman DLCC, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha who chaired the meeting, appealed all concerned to give concentrated effort and work together in order to bring down the percentage of tobacco use in the district. He also congratulated the institutions for the achievements and urged them to be ambassador of change in spreading awareness about the ill effect of using tobacco.

During the meeting, the following notifications under Section 21, 24 and 25 of the cigarettes and other Tobacco products Acts 2003 and for strict implementation of Section 4 and 6 of COTPA 2003, for putting up of appropriate signage’s like “ No Smoking Area Smoking here is an offence” to be displayed in public places, educational institutions and “ Sale of tobacco products to a person below the age of 18 years is a punishable offence “ & “ prohibition of sale of tobacco products in an area within a radius of 100 meters of educational institution” to be displayed by shopkeepers/ vendors for immediate implementation was decided, where the DC appealed all concerned authorities to abide and follow instructions and asked to submit action taken report.

District Nodal Officer, NTCP, Wokha, Dr. O. Daisy Ovung, while briefly presenting the quarterly report, said NTCP Wokha has been actively involved in doing awareness campaign by distributing IECs in various locations and providing counselling to patients who uses tobacco at the district hospital, also doing multiple sessions of focus group discussion with tobacco users, providing them with counselling and nicotine replacement therapy support.

Dr. Ovung also informed that some activities planned for this quarter, such as smoke-free awareness campaigns with various agencies and groups, continuing FGDs with tobacco users and quarterly enforcement of COTPA section 4 and 6 around Wokha town.


(Zubenthung, IA Wokha)


The Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association (CANSSEA) felicitated Director of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Government of Nagaland, Kevisa Kense, on his induction into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

CANSSEA expressed their gratitude to the government for implementing and adhering to the IAS (recruitment) Rules 1954 and inducting a member from a Non-State Civil Service of Nagaland. The association wished him success in all his future endeavor.

(Wepre Kronu, APRO)


Nagaland Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2021 was held on 1st August, 2021 at Sukhai village of Zunheboto district– bringing together community voices, government officers, SHG groups, farmers and indigenous organizations towards understanding community conservation model in Sukhai, and exploring opportunities for a sustainable future. The theme of the forum was “Understanding the socio-economic conservation models for biodiversity preservation in Community Conserved Areas”. The Nagaland Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum has been hosted in partnering with the Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network (TVBCLN) and The Energy and Resources Institute of India (TERI).

Keeping a note to COVID-19 situation, Balipara Foundation conducted the regional colloquium adhering the SOPs and norms regulated by Nagaland state government, registered by a total 35 participants- including resource persons, community representatives and volunteers.

Sukhai has brought into light the rich biodiversity the village has, and how every effort has been taken towards mobilizing the community members towards preserving the land. Taking the conversation forward, the Chairman of Sukhai CCA and leader to Tizu Valley Biodiversity and Community Livelihood Network (TVBCLN), Mr. Ivan Jimo highlighted upon the indigenous culture and tradition of Sema Naga communities which are interlinked to nature since time immemorial.

“For a conservation model to be successful, as much the indigenous knowledge  of  the community is essential, the participation and engagement of indigenous women in the decision-making process is an important aspect for effective implementation”, Mr. Zhimo expressed.

The discussion was carried forward by an insightful presentation on “Biodiversity vis- a- vis Shifting Cultivation to Nagaland” by Pikato V. Jimo, the POU of Nagaland Empowerment through People Economic Development (NEPED) and the General Secretary to Sukhai CCA.

Talking about the traditional farming practices once practiced in the Community Conserved Areas across Sukhai and nearby villages, Jimo stated that conservation won’t be successful, until we provide livelihood options. He further went on to say that shifting cultivation does not always degrade the ecology, and it is a far more economically and biologically sustainable way of farming when compared to settled form of agriculture.

Talking on the Article 371A, and land ownership in Nagaland, Chief Conservator of Forest (Environment, Biodiversity & Research), Nagaland, Supongnukshi, IFS stated that forest and ecosystem management in the state involves many stakeholders like, forest department, agricultural department and civil Societies, amongst others.

“As per Forest Survey of India report, 2019, over 75.31 % of total geographical area of Nagaland is under forest cover. Open Forest category of forest lands largely fall under the jhum fallow lands”, he informed.

The Nagaland regional EHNF designed to witness insightful deliberations in context to indigenous people, forest management and traditional practices witnessed informative deliberations and presentations from an eminent panel of other speakers like, Dr Rakesh Kumar Chaursia- Head & Sr Scientist to Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Nagaland, Heirang Lungalang- Chairman to  the Nagaland Community Conservation Area’s Forum (NCCAF) and Rokongulie Meyase – Professional bird guide and tour operator from Khonoma CCA.

The grassroot colloquium was strategically designed and orchestrated to focus and explore indigenous perspectives on rural futures context such as biodiversity conservation, community led habitat restoration, harmonic co-existence with nature, grassroots climate action, resilient livelihood through sustainable agricultural practices, traditional handloom and handicrafts. It tried to delve into interesting case studies of the fringe communities in context to indigenous forest conservation, governance and management through Naga traditional customary laws and practices.

Formulating the regional Nagaland chapter, Balipara Foundation in coming days envisions to work closely with the indigenous communities of Nagaland through the its flagship project Rural Futures and Naturenomics™ , to ensure a sustainable future for the state and celebrate the indigenous conservationists as the custodians of the natural landscapes – protecting and preserving their lands. The future initiatives that Balipara Foundation looks forwards to incorporate and implement are – community based natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, documentation of traditional knowledge, and enhancing livelihoods. The Forum believes that coordinated actions with the community leaders will help us bring ecology back to economy, and through cooperative leadership, actions can be taken for creating sustainable and resilient future.

The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum believes that coordinated actions with the community leaders will help us bring ecology back to economy, and through cooperative leadership, actions can be taken for creating sustainable and resilient future.

The forum was organized by Balipara Foundation, a non-profit organization nestled in Assam in the Eastern Himalayas. Established in 2007 Balipara Foundation focuses on community development and conservation of natural resources in the region through the concepts of Naturenomics™ and Rural Futures.

The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum was launched in 2013 to find solutions leading to important lessons for the communities and others, at all levels, from local to global. Following success of the Sikkim and Manipur Forum, the regional chapter will travel to different parts of the Eastern Himalayas this year and organize community specific discussions.

(IA, Zunheboto)


Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, NCS issued an order on 1st August 2021 stating that the following relaxations in enforcement of Unlock Phase-IV have been made within Kohima District from 2nd August to 18th August 2021:

  1. The timing for opening of all categories of shops will be from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM on permitted days.
  2. The duration of Night Curfew is further reduced and it will be from 08:00 PM to 04:00 A.M.
  • Takeaways/ home delivery outlets will be allowed to open and function on all days except during the curfew hours from 08:00 PM to 04:00 AM.
  1. Buses will be allowed to ply with upto 50% occupancy in Kohima district with effect from the date specified by the Home Department in the Detailed SOP and subject to both the driver and attendants (Handyman) fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or should have taken the first dose against COVID-19 and 15 (Fifteen) days should have passed since taking the first dose; and if none of the two aforementioned criteria is fulfilled, then the driver/ attendant (Handyman) should carry a COVID-19 negative test report taken through either RT-PCR/TrueNat or CBNAAT with the swab taken for testing not earlier than 15 (Fifteen) days.
  2. Inter-District bus service/taxi service is allowed in Kohima district with effect from the date specified by the Home Department in the Detailed SOP subjected to the condition as mentioned above and in addition the passengers should also be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or should have taken the first dose against COVID-19 and 15 (Fifteen) days should have passed since taking the first dose. If none of the two aforementioned criteria is fulfilled, then the passengers should carry a COVID-19 negative test report taken through either RT-PCR/TrueNat or CBNAAT with the swab taken for testing not earlier than 72 hours from the date of travel.
  3. Detailed SOP for Para ‘iv’ and ‘v’ with the dates when the aforementioned provisions will be effective from shall be intimated as per the Detailed SOP to be issued by the Home Department.
  • It is hereby reiterated that Local Taxis shall be allowed to ply with only 2 (Two) passengersand without any passenger in the front seat within Kohima Municipal area along with plastic barrier/sheet as per Advisory No. GAB-I.COM/GEN-l/2020 (Pt-V) Dated 12.06.2021. However, Local Taxis are not authorised to charge Fares higher than those fixed by the RTA vide Order Dated 06.10.2020. Vaccination status of Local Taxi Driver shall also be prominently displayed in the windshield of the Taxi.
  • All applications may be sent to Helpline Nos. 6033833879/ 9362705742 may also be contacted for any assistance.
  1. All other activities which are otherwise not permitted shall continue to be strictly restricted.

           Any action(s) in contravention with the above stated regulation shall be deemed to have committed an Offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

                                                                                                 (DPRO, Kohima)


Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS, on 1st August 2021 issued an ordered stating that the Odd-Even System for movement of private vehicles will continue to be implemented under Kohima Municipal area as per Section 115 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 on all days except Sundays, as mentioned hereunder:

  1. Odd numbered vehicles:-

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, only vehicles with registration number ending with odd numbers (Eg. 1,3,5,7,9) shall be allowed to ply.

  1. Even Numbered vehicles:-

On Tuesdays. Thursdays and Saturdays, only vehicles with registration number ending with even numbers (Eg. 2.4.6,8.0) shall be allowed to ply.

Violation of this restriction Order will be liable to be penalised under Section 177 & 179 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

The order shall be implemented with immediate effect and shall remain enforced till 18tb August 2021 for the strict compliance of all concerned.

                                                                                            (DPRO, Kohima)


In the unfolding crises of COVID-19 pandemic, one of the primary interventions to break the chain of transmission is reducing people-to-people contact. To this effect the Government has issued SOPs on (1) Updated Containment Plan for Large Outbreaks and (2) Cluster Containment Plan.

Containment of large geographic areas inevitably causes wide-ranging disruption of normal life and economic activities. The concept of Micro-Isolation Zone (MIZ) has been conceived with the aim to cause minimal disruption to normal life and economic activities by isolating a defined small geographical area which might be as small as a building from the rest. As in Containment Zones, restriction of movements, social distancing, enhanced active surveillance, testing all suspected cases, isolation of cases and intensive IEC on Covid Appropriate Behavior and other preventive & safety public health measures will be put in place.

Any of the three types of containment strategies- (1) Containment Plan for Large Outbreaks (2) Cluster Containment Plan and (3) Micro-Isolation Zone, may be imposed/ declared as a measure to contain and break the chain of transmission according to extent of geographic involvement.


  1. Definition:

Any specific area within an urban locality/village where COVID-19 is detected in more thanone house and there is a likelihood of further spread in the locality/village can be designated as Micro Isolation Zone (MIZ). The Micro Isolation Zone could be declared when it fulfills the conditions as mentioned below:

  1. There is more than one case emerging from an urban locality/villageor in a clearly defined geographically contiguous area.
  2. There are cases emerging in an area due to proximity of dwellings or working environment.
  3. There is a medical opinion on the need for declaring a containment zone to prevent any further spread of the disease.
  4. Criteria for Declaration of Micro-Isolation Zone:

A cluster of houses or a locality- colony/ block/ khel of a ward/ village depending on the number of COVID-19 cases and number of houses with COVID-19 cases will be declared as MIZ on fulfilment of/ under the following criteria:

  1. A cluster of houses where COVID-19 Cases are detected in 2 or more houses in a locality.
  2. An apartment building where COVID-19 Cases are detected in 2 or more households/flats.
  3. A small cluster in closed environment such as residential school, hostel, hotel etc.


  • Apartment building for the purpose of declaring MIZ is defined as building with more than 1 household.
  • A building for the purpose of declaring MIZ may be household(s), business establishments, institutions- hostel, orphanage, old age home, hotels, etc with residents.
  • Hospitals and Schools/ Colleges/ Training Centres, offices or other establishments which is not a residential facility will be outside the purview of MIZ. Such buildings may be closed for 48 hours for disinfection and sanitization.
  1. Size/ Extent for Micro-Isolation Zone:
  2. Micro-Isolation Zone will be determined by the mapping of COVID-19 cases, suspected cases and their contacts in the affected area.
  3. There will be no fixed criteria in respect of distance for notifying a Micro-Isolation Zone, and the geographical boundaries will be decided based on geographical dispersion of cases and contacts as stated in Sl.No: B.
  4. The decision to follow Isolation/ containment protocol will be based on the risk assessment and feasibility of perimeter control.
  5. Buffer Zones:
  6. Houses including business establishments which are immediately adjacent to the house with COVID-19 Cases as defined under SI. No: B above will be declared as buffer zone.
  7. All members of household and business establishment in the buffer zone with no contact history will be compulsorily tested as early as possible and if tested negative will continue their normal life.
  8. All members of household and business establishments in the buffer zone who have history of contact with the positive case even if tested negative, shall remain in home quarantine for a period of 7 days from the date of contact.
  9. Any person from outside the buffer zone who has history of contact with the positive case shall be tested between 5 to 10 days of contact and even if tested negative, shall remain in home quarantine for a period of 7 days from the date of contact.
  10. All RAT negative cases but are symptomatic including ILI/SARI cases shall be further tested through RT-PCR platform.

NB:      If positive case(s) is/ are detected in any household under buffer zone, the perimeter of MIZ will extended to include the affected houses and accordingly the buffer zone will be expanded by including the adjacent to the houses.

  1. Risk Assessment and Mapping:
  2. The outbreak may be single or multiple foci of local transmission and may or may not be epidemiologically linked to single index case.
  3. To determine the potential spread of the disease the Rapid Response Teams/Surveillance Units shall:
  4. collect details of all COVID-19 Cases as well as their Contacts and prepare the line listing as per Guideline.
  5. undertake mapping of cases and contacts in these areas.
  6. Continuous risk assessment is required to determine the potential spread of the disease.
  7. If the residential address of the contact is beyond that district, the district IDSP will inform the concerned District IDSP/State IDSP.
  8. Every positive case shall mandatorily disclose the details of his/her contacts.
  9. Power to Notify Micro Isolation Zones:
  10. The Deputy Commissioner may notify Micro Isolation Zones in consultation with the District Medical Team and Community COVID-19 Management Team, after demarcation and taking into consideration the guidelines prescribed by MoHFW in this regard.
  11. The list of such Micro Isolation Zones will be published including the district website by the respective District and also be shared with State War Room on COVID-19 management and the Health & Family Welfare department.
  12. The Deputy Commissioner shall notify the Micro Isolation Zones after demarcation and taking into consideration the guidelines prescribed by MoHFW in this regard.
  13. Duty Magistrate and Rapid Response Team (RRT) for MIZ:
  14. The Deputy Commissioner shall appoint appropriate and adequate officials as Duty Magistrate for the MIZ.
  15. The Deputy Commissioner shall notify constitution of RRT for each MIZ notified, which may be comprised of the following:
  16. Representative of the District Administration not below the rank of EAC as Team leader.
  17. Representative of the District Health Authority, Medical Officer of the nearest Health Unit or an officer nominated by the CMO.
  18. Representative of the District Police, not below the rank of Sub-Inspector.
  19. Representative of the Food & Civil Supply Department not below the rank of Inspector.
  20. Representative of the PHED not below the rank of Junior Engineer.
  21. Representative of the PWD (R&B) not below the rank of Junior Engineer.
  22. Representative of the Power Department not below the rank of Junior Engineer
  23. Representative of the Municipal Council/ Town Council wherever applicable.
  24. Representative of the Community COVID-19 Management Team.
  25. The RRT is to investigate the outbreak and initiate control measures as assessing the situation.
  26. Perimeter Control& Monitoring in declared MIZ:
  27. District administration shall establish clear entry and exit points for the MIZ, particularly when multiple houses are involved. No other routes to be used for entry and exit.
  28. District administration to put up clearly visible signage declaring the area as MIZ at entry and exit points and in strategic points outside MIZ.
  29. There will be strict perimeter control in place to ensure that there is no outward or inward unchecked movement from and to MIZ.
  30. The DTF shall deploy necessary personnel at the exit/ entry points to perform:
  31. screening (e.g. interview travellers, measure temperature, record the place and duration of intended visit and keep complete record of intended place of stay),
  32. decontamination with appropriate disinfectants of all vehicles moving out of the perimeter control.
  33. Details of all persons moving out of the perimeter zone for essential/emergency services will be recorded and they will be followed up through IDSP.
  34. The DTF along with the Community COVID-19 Management Team will monitor compliance of SOP in the designate MIZ.
  35. Restrictions& Confinement:

The following measures shall be put in place within the MIZ for limiting interaction between infected persons and susceptible hosts.

  1. No Persons under the MIZ will be allowed to leave or enter the MIZ during the period of containment except for medical or other emergencies and for unavoidable and critical Government duties. Additionally, the following activities may be allowed under strict monitoring:
  2. Garbage Collection and Cleaning Staff (Garbage of the household with positive cases to be collected and disposed in conformity with CPCB guidelines (a copy may be obtained from the O/o the Chief Medical Officer or may be downloaded from:
  3. Domestic helpers, drivers, Private Security Services etc if they are residents within the same MCZ. Commuting from outside to the MCZ shall not be permitted.
  4. Veterinary and Animal Husbandry related services.
  5. Medicine and other essential products delivered through E-Commerce to be allowed for delivery at a common place accessible by the residents of the MIC. The place being visited by outside delivery persons must be sanitized frequently.
  6. Persons who have no contact history and are without any COVID-19 like symptoms or those who are released from Home under Quarantine/ Home Quarantine will be allowed to resume normal life within the MIZ.
  7. All vehicular movement, movement of public transport and movement of persons will be restricted except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.
  8. Closure of shops, markets, restaurants, schools, colleges, work places, sports, entertainment, swimming pools, gyms, parks, common areas etc. Cancellation/ prohibition of mass gatherings including cultural, religious, festival, public transport etc. Cancellation of public transport (bus/rail) or imposition of stricter restrictions based on the local situation.
  9. The District Task Force based on local conditions may take additional stricter measures if in its opinion such measures are urgently required for containing the spread of COVID-19 or may relax restrictions in a staggered manner.
  10. Effective enforcement of the Test-Track-Treat protocol and Vaccination in declared MIZ:
  • Index Case: Index Case in the cluster to be identified based on possible origin of the infection. However, the outbreak may be single or multiple foci of local transmission and may or may not be epidemiologically linked to single index case (Time: within 12 hours of the Test Report).
  • Test: Testing of Contacts, Household members & ILI/SARI case
  1. All Contacts of the case(s) shall be compulsorily tested as per the State Testing Policy (Time: within 12 hours of the Index Case Test Report)
  2. All members of the household & business establishments of the COVID-19 patient(s) shall be compulsorily tested
  3. All ILI/SARI Cases and symptomatic cases shall be mandatorily tested.
  4. Children below 2 years shall be exempted from testing unless they are symptomatic or with co-morbidity.
  5. All symptomatic RAT negative cases shall be further tested through RT-PCR platform.
  6. The type of Testing unless specified shall be through Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
  • Track- Contact Tracing & Surveillance:

Local HCW including ASHA & Anganwadi Workers and Community COVID-19 Management Teams (Ward/ Colony/ Village Authority/ Task Forces) will undertake:

  1. House-to-House survey with line listing recording any fever and cough related symptoms and those shall be tested as per the State Policy for testing in containment zones [Time : Within 48 hours of the index case test report]
  2. All ILI/SARI Cases and symptomatic cases should be identified through Active Case Search.
  3. Tracking and review of all SARI/ILI cases reported in the last 14 days by the IDSP in the containment zone. Any other SARI cases reported in the nearby medical facilities to be tested and reviewed (Time: Within 72 hours of the index case test report).
  • Treat- Treatment of COVID-19 patients & management and disposal of dead bodies:
  1. Treatment of COVID-19 patients shall be as per prevailing Clinical Management protocol of the State.
  2. The District Health Authority will ensure availability of logistics, supplies and manpower for health check-up, Infection Prevention & Control, testing as well as ambulances.
  3. The District Disaster Management Authority will ensure availability of logistics, supplies and manpower for management and disposal of dead bodies.
  4. The care giver and all close contacts of such cases should take Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as per protocol subject to prescription by the treating doctor.
  5. Discharge Policy of COVID-19 patients:
  6. Discharge of COVID-19 patients either from Home isolation, CCC or COVID-19 Hospital shall be as per the prevailing Discharge Policy of the State.
  7. Release of persons in Home Quarantine shall be as per the prevailing SOP of Home Quarantine of the State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination:
  1. All eligible persons unless contraindicated should be motivated to take COVID-19 Vaccination.
  2. Vaccination should be intensified in the MIZs through Near to Home Vaccination Centre facility.
  3. Quarantine and Isolation:
  • COVID-19 Patients depending on the health conditions will be either managed as per the prevailing SOP of Home Isolation, CCC or COVID-19 Hospital of the State.

NB: Any person with any COVID-19 like symptoms whose test result is awaited or not tested for COVID-19 shall be considered and treated as COVID-19 patient unless proved otherwise.

  • Any contact including members of Household where COVID-19 is detected and are tested negative shall be managed as per the prevailing SOP of Home Quarantine of the State.
  1. Other Measures:
  2. The DTF should issue advisory to avoid public places and enforce adherence to SOP and COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviours.
  3. The DTF should undertake Intensive Risk communications and IEC activities –
  4. on Covid Appropriate Behaviour- hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, environmental sanitation and wearing of mask/face covers.
  5. adherence to SoPs and other public health safety protocols.
  6. importance of early detection and prompt treatment and vaccination.
  7. The DTF should facilitate essential support services, personal assistance, and physical and communication accessibility particularly to vulnerable sections as well as to PwDs.
  8. COVID-19 patients as well as other individuals should be advised to use Aarogya Setu App.
  9. Duration of and withdrawal of declaration of Micro Isolation Zone:
  10. First Review on the de-notification of the Isolation zone has to be done within 72 hours of the Notification.
  11. The Deputy Commissioner in consultation with the District Health Team shall de-notify the Micro-Isolation Zone after 10 days following the notification subject to:
  12. All the High Risk Contacts have been tested and on being satisfied that no further testing is required to assess the spread.
  13. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that there is no threat of further spread within the designated zones
  14. No new cases have emerged for at least 5 days (depending on the nature of the locality and assessment of the Medical team).
  15. Penalty:
  16. Refusal for testing, non-disclosure of contact information or any instance of non-cooperation by any person within the MIZ shall be punishable as per the provisions of the relevant Laws and Acts.