DIPR Naga News (26.06.2020)
June 26, 2020
BRIEFING ON COVID-19 ON 26TH JUNE 2020 FOR NAGALAND BY PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, HOME
The full text is as follows :
“As on today, the total number of positive cases in the State stands at 371. Out of this, the total active cases are 209, and 162 have recovered. All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals.
As per the severity of symptoms, 204 active cases are asymptomatic and 5 active cases are mild symptomatic cases.
As per the distribution of the 371 cases by age, there are 4 cases between 0-17 years, 353 cases between 18-44 years, 12 cases between 45-64 years and 2 cases between 65-74 years. As per the distribution of gender, there are 265 males and 106 females
Till date, a total of 11,060 samples have been tested and out of this, 7,683 samples have been received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). Out if this 7,683, a total of 6,588 samples have been tested and 312 samples have tested positive.
In addition a total of 3,971 samples have been tested by Truenat, out of which 70 samples tested positive and sent for confirmation by RT-PCR. 3,417 samples have tested negative.
A total of 5,960 persons are presently under Facility Quarantine.
Please wear face mask in public places and maintain physical distancing.”
JOBLINK PORTAL LAUNCHED AT KOHIMA
The Nagaland Joblinks portal of the Labour & Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Department, https://joblinks.nagaland.gov.in was launched by Advisor Labour & Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Industries & Commerce, Imnatiba on 26th June 2020 at the Secretariat Conference Hall, Kohima.
Advisor Imnatiba stated that under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, the High Powered Committee during its meeting on 10th June had directed the Department of Labour & Employment, Skill Development& Entrepreneurship to register all returnees for skill development training for self employment in the State.
The department with the active participation of the Information Technology & Communication department had developed the joblinks portal, a holistic system, to align youth aspirations with the available employment opportunities in the State. He stated that on the portal, job seekers and employers can register themselves wherein the portal will act as a platform to connect job seekers with Employers in private sector establishments initially.
The Advisor further informed that Skill Training institutions / organizations will be added in due course of time to enable and assist any registered individual with re-skilling or upgrading to suit to local business and economic conditions. There is also a plan to include Financial Institutions such as Banks to provide financial loans for registered individuals who want to startup their own businesses, he added.
The portal will also soon include Registration of all who plan to work outside the State, so as to enable quick assistance during emergencies or time of need.
Imnatiba stated that all unemployed people including returnees are to register in the portal via https://joblinks.nagaland.gov.in. This will enable the Government to assess the skill sets available in the State and also plan for economic sectors which can be taken up in Nagaland and the kind of re-skilling or up-skilling programmes required to rejuvenate the State Economy and also provide for employment.
The Advisor appealed to all Private Sector Employers both within the State and elsewhere to register on the Portal for sourcing local Naga job seekers directly from the JobLinks Portal.
Commissioner & Secretary Labour & Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Asenla Keitzar expressed gratitude to the IT Department for creating the dashboard in the shortest period of time. She also added that the portal will help the Government build up accurate data base of job seekers within the State and those going out seeking for employment outside that Sate.
The State IT Department gave a brief presentation of the newly launched website.
POLICE HOLDS PRESS BRIEFING
Nagaland Police held a press briefing on 26th June 2020 at Mini Conference Room, PHQ, Kohima.
Addressing the gathering, Limasunep Jamir IPS stated that the objective of the press briefing was to give an overview of police and security forces action against various underground factions, particularly with reference to extortion and measures taken to curb extortion by the state police. On behalf of the Nagaland Police, he assured that the police shall continue to carry out it mandated duty of anti-extortion drive relentlessly, irrespective of various UG Groups/ Over Grown Sympathizers (OGS)/ Anti-social elements masquerading or taking the name of various UG groups. He shared the official figures of arrest made against various underground factions by the State Police and Assam Riffle/ Security Forces over the last five years whereby at total of 893 criminal cases have been registered and a total of 1,238 persons have been arrested for involvement in various crimes like violation of Arms Act, Explosive Act, Murder, Extortion, Robbery, etcetera.
Highlighting some of the issues faced by the police, Jamir stated that in more than 95 percent of cases relating to extortion, the criminal cases are registered “suo-motto” by the police signifying the lack of participation by the victims to carry out their duty and responsibility to file a formal complaint in a police station. This lack of participation by the victims stabs at the heart of criminal justice system and only encourages and emboldens the criminals further, Jamir stated.
Through the press briefing, Jamir on behalf of the Police department made an appeal to all to be more forthcoming with criminal complaints and to take it upon as a duty and responsibility to come forward and assist the police in tackling the menace of extortion while also assuring with utmost certainty that the police stations would be prompt to take cognizance of any complaint that they receive and that there are enough officers to ensure that action is taken. He further made an appeal to make use of the Helplines provided by District Polices including a facebook page, Twitter handle and a whatsapp number which can also be used to post any complaint with confidentiality if so desired.
As a matter of caution, Jamir pointed out that submission to such illegal demands by various UGs, notwithstanding any justification, could leave a trial of terror funding, offence against the state, abatement to criminal offence which can invoke the attention of national investigation agency.
(Takumpula & Renbenthung, IA)
REPORT ON COVID-19 LOCK DOWN
Joint Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Hiazu Meru issued the daily report on Law & Order and Facilitation of Essential Goods & Services in the State for 26th June. He informed that 6 violations of the lock down have been reported and 6(Six) persons were bound down. An amount of Rs. 700(Seven Hundred) was imposed as fine for not wearing masks. He added that no incident of law & order has been reported in the State.
The report informed that all essential commodity shops remain opened in all the districts of the State and maintained that no shortage of essential commodities have been reported in any part of the State. It added that no movement restriction was imposed for the distribution of essential commodities and on e-commerce agents.
According to the report, migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 restrictions were provided food & shelter and informed that there is 1(One) active relief/shelter camp and 1 (One) food camp. Also, 69(Sixty Nine) persons were given food.
(Wepre Kronu, APRO)
STATE GOVT INFORMS ON PM-SVANidhi
In pursuance to Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt, of India, the Government of Nagaland has notified the implementation of the PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM-SVANidhi) – Special Micro-Credit facility for Street Vendors in urban areas, including surrounding peri-urban/rural areas vending in the geographical limits of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State, with immediate effect and till March, 2022.
- The Scheme will be available to all street vendors engaged in vending in urban areas as on or before 24th March, 2020.
- Street Vendors will be eligible to avail a collateral-free working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000/, repayable in monthly instalments in the tenure of 1 (One) year.
- On timely/early repayment of the loan an interest subsidy @7% per annum will be credited to the Bank Accounts of beneficiaries through DBT, on quarterly basis.
- The lending Institutions under the Scheme include, Scheduled Commercial Banks, Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), Small Finance Banks (SFBs), Cooperative Banks, Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs), Micro Finance Institutes (MFIs) and SHG Banks.
- Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) will be implementation partner for the Scheme.
- The Scheme will be implemented through the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) involving all stakeholders including Street Vendor’s Associations, Business Correspondents, SHGs and their federations and various digital payments aggregators like BHIM, PayTM, PhonePe, AmazonPe etc.
- The Scheme Guidelines and FAQs are available in website mohua.qov.in.
KOHIMA DTF MEETING HELD
Kohima District Task Force had a meeting at Deputy Commissioner’s Office chamber on 26th June 2020. Advisor Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, R. Khing also attended the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS briefing the members informed the unfortunate positive case of one NHAK employee, a resident of Upper PWD yesterday. He informed that in this connection, the Incident Response System (IRS) was activated yesterday by earmarking the containment zone of that particular area/colony as laid in the guidelines by the District Administration and Police personnel. The Surveillance Team and Rapid Response Team (RRT) carried out the contact tracing while the medical team were placed inside the containment zone to be stationed for further necessary functional tasks. Police personnel were placed at the entry and exit gates for further security and safety measures.
The meeting decided to ensure flow of essential commodities by the KMC to the Containment zone, to work out mechanism for sanitization of essential commodities vehicles, Ambulance and Police vehicles and also to place thermal screening at the entry and exit gates. It was also decided that CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu to tie up with the colony chairman for youth volunteers in assisting the medical team and others wherever its necessary.
CMO also informed the house that the main objective of the medical team led by one medical officer and staff along with Anganwadi and helpers will be working at the containment zone to stop transmission, morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19.
The house also recommended for release of returnees from Kohima, Kiphire and Tuensang as submitted by the concerned Medical Officers of Quarantine Centres at Kohima to the Chief Secretary for further necessary action.
TUENSANG DTF REVIEWS COVID-19 ACTIVITIES
Tuensang District Task Force for COVID-19 held a meeting at DC conference hall Tuensang on 26th June 2020. Kumar Ramnikant, IAS, DC and Chairman DTF chaired the meeting.
The house deliberated on acquiring more confirmatory cartridges for Truenat machines. It was also reported that more confirmatory cartridges will be arriving to the district shortly. The House also agreed to appeal to all the commercial establishments, under Tuensang town, to remain close voluntarily on 27th June 2020 as a precautionary measure and also as a measure to spread awareness on safe practices such as wearing of masks, gloves, social distancing etc. However basic essential services, agri related matters, pharmacies, petrol pumps may remain open.
The House also deliberated on setting up of a COVID 19 care centre to house asymptomatic COVID-19 positive cases in case of surge in the number of positive cases in the district.
The house also reviewed the activities of the DTF and issues related to discharging of returnees who have been tested negative for COVID- 19 and completed mandatory quarantine period.
(Thungti Chang, IA Tuensang)
TEAM DIMAPUR MEMBERS VISITS GANESHNAGAR
Nagaland Agriculture Production Commissioner Y. Kikheto Sema who is also incharge of COVID-19 activities Dimapur, along with Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Anoop Kinchi IAS, Commissioner Police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo IPS, visited the institutional Quarantine Center Ganeshnagar today on 25th June 2020 and interacted with the police officials manning the QC. The team also visited the rooms and the blocks where the returnees are stationed.
Interacting with the police officials, Kikheto Sema described COVID 19 as something new to everyone, where Nagaland along with India and the world has been working tirelessly everyday for the past 3 to 4 months for containing community transmission. Dimapur being the main entry point has been catering to the returnees arriving by road, train and flight ever since the exodus of returnees began and yet everyday is a new experience where all the frontline workers are trying to adapt with different ground situation, Sema maintained. He further mentioned that Dimapur was shouldering the major responsibility of the state and is currently managing 51 institutional Quarantine Centers and about 25 Paid Quarantine Centers totalling to 76 including Ganeshnagar which is the biggest in terms of number of beds.
Further, he said that the Government of Nagaland on hearing the pleas of the stranded Naga people in various parts of the country, facilitated their return through special trains, hired buses and provision of entry through owned arranged vehicles and till date more than 15000 stranded people has been brought back to Nagaland.
Sema expressed gratitude to all the frontline workers who has been ceaselessly working, to meet the day to day needs arising from the 76 QCs. He also mentioned that even before the stranded people arrived, the frontline workers has been working tirelessly for preparation of the QCs ensuring that facilities were provided for the convenient placement of the Returnees. ” All these has been done and is being provided under the noble providence of the state Government free of cost and perhaps Nagaland is one of the few States where personal human touch is being given from all aspects.,” Sema noted. Our Naga society will have to take away from this pandemic, a lesson that unless we work together the very fabric of the society would be shattered, he further observed.
Referring to the recent fiasco at Ganeshnagar, Kikheto said that there has been daily incidences in the QCs whereby Sema requested the inmates to be patient with the administration and frontline workers and asked them for resolving any issues in a peaceful manner. He said that the action initiated was not to harm anyone but to control the huge number of people sensing threat of endangering lives of frontliners as well as the other inmates and to avoid unwanted situation. Sema assured that most of the inmates of Ganeshnagar QC who are Bengaluru Returnees would be released latest by this week as most of their testing has been completed.
Kikheto and DC Dimapur acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of the police for rendering their tireless and selfless services in the fight against COVID-19.
LRD INTRODUCES VARITIES OF PLANTATION AT LONGLENG
The Department of Land Resource (LRD), Longleng has implemented various activities under PMKSY-WDC Project by distributing varieties of crops/plantation to the farmers of the district for the last few months. The LRD team lead by Kughalu Chishi, District Project Officer (DPO) has been visiting project villages and distributing varieties of plantation to the farmers.
Apart from coffee and rubber plantation in Longleng, the Department of Land Resources have also distributed arecanut, sugarcane, pineapple, cardamom, sweet orange, litchi, beetle vine, black pepper etc in the project villages based on its favourable climatic condition for the year 2020 with an objective of providing sustainable economic development of our farmers in the region.
The lockdown pandemic has created a positive mindset to the local people to grow more and emphasis on our own organic food productions with the objective to meet the nutritional and medicinal requirement of the family as well as for substantial income to boost rural economy. The Department under Longleng District have also initiated kitchen garden (growing/cultivating crop rotation throughout the year) in line with permaculture in every project villages of the district.
Local species such as broom grass, naganeem, lali, kadam, hollock and khokoonetc were also introduced. Other saplings like orange and litchi at Dankhao village, cardamom at Yongnyah village, broom grass at Niang and Yongshai village, litchi at Orangkong village, pineapple at Yaong (B), betel vine at Niang and Shamshangching village, khokoon/ hollock at Yongnyah village, black pepper at YongnyahYongam and Buramsang village, arecanut at Setap, Apoiji, Kangching and Tamlu village were distributed based on suitable climatic conditions of the region despite lockdown to meet the needs of the farmers.
The giloy plant and drumstick cuttings were also distributed in all the 25 project villages under Longleng district. Because of its great medicinal and nutritional value the objective of the LRD is to let every household have at least one plant each in their backyard/garden to meet their requirements and keep themselves fit and strong to fight against any adverse infectious and contagious disease during these unpredictable life risking COVID-19 pandemic environment.
TOTAL LOCKDOWN ENFORCED IN MON
The District Task Force was held an emergency meeting in Deputy Commissioner Mon on 24thJune 2020 led by Thavaseelan K. DC Mon wherein it was decided to enforce a total lockdown from 25th to 28th June 2020 in Mon District with the following condition:
- Movement of public is strictly prohibited except on medical emergencies.
- All shops will remain closed except pharmacies.
- Movement of private vehicles is strictly prohibited.
The total lockdown has been enforced in light of certain emerging circumstances and with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19.Therefore, public have been requested to comply with the order. Any person found violating this order will be penalised under relevant provisions of the law.