Temjen Imna Along and others at the press conference held in Kohima on June 10. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | June 10
Nagaland’s Higher Education and Tribal Affairs Minister, Temjen Imna Along called upon the people of Nagaland to stand together and take measures collectively to fight against the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“No one can do alone. We have to do together,” said Imna Along who is also President, BJP Nagaland while addressing a press conference in Kohima on June 10.
He said that the world, the nation and the state is under lockdown due to the outlook of the people for not being aware of the deadly world pandemic Coronavirus. “If all the people of Nagaland are aware of these COVID pandemic, then lockdown may not be completely there. But, because we are not aware, we choose not to be aware that is why lockdowns are imposed,” he said.
Our people need to be aware of the pandemic, and the government is trying its best, the party (BJP) is doing its best, the NGOs are trying its best, but the moment we turn to the markets, we forget all social distancing, we forget all inhibitions, he said.
Even though the economy of the state is in shambles, we have to impose it, and that is the reason instead of blaming each other, we have to take it assertively by wearing proper masks, frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance etc, he said.
We have to live with this COVID, for another few years so all must be aware of this Coronavirus pandemic and live our life normally for the revival of our economy, state and strengths in good governance, he said.
He also assured that the state BJP will continue to help the needy people during the lookdown period and called upon the people to keep in touch with the state BJP helpline number 9863061767.
‘Govt doing its best to vaccinate’
He informed that the government is doing its best to vaccinate the whole population of the country by the end of 2021.
“We need to appreciate the effort of the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has taken overwhelming steps in such a populated country to make sure that vaccines would be available free of cost,” said Imna Along
In the beginning there were only two vaccine manufacturers, now seven more have been approved and fast track implementations are happening, he said. Vaccine will be available because the centre has taken things under their control, and it will be distributed impeccably and it will help vaccinate our people to fight against the Corona pandemic very assertively, he added.
Modi government is very assertive enough to say that the whole country will be vaccinated by the end of this year 2021, Imna Along said.
It may be recalled that PM Narendra Modi announced on June 7 for a centralized COVID-19 vaccine policy. PM also announced that from June 21, all citizens above the age of 18 years will get free vaccines. India began administration of COVID-19 vaccines on 16 January 2021. As of June 9, 14% of the total Indian population received at least one dose. 3% of the total population has received both doses.
Imna Along also informed that Government of India has announced to supply free foodgrain to more than 800 million people in the country including Nagaland.
He said the PM’s announcement to supply free foodgrain which was supposed to end in the month of June 2021 has been extended all over the country till November 2021. “It is a historic announcement made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modiji. More than 800 million people, the world's second most populated country will benefit from this free food grain in every corner of the country including Nagaland,” said Imna Along.
Welcoming this, he also said that during the pandemic period, the people who are living in the villages and people living below the poverty line are struggling with their daily earnings.
He also assured to take up the matter for people/family who are yet to access the free ration scheme.
GOI decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) till Diwali i.e. till November. As many as 80 crore, economically backward people will be provided with free ration under the scheme of PMGKY.