Imphal: The Poumai Tribe of Tunjoy in Manipur have built 80-odd huts in their village for quarantine purposes which have been lauded by the Chief Minister of the State N Biren Singh, himself. for their "discipline and hard works".
"I salute the Poumai tribe of Tunjoy for their discipline and hard works," the Chief Minister stated on his Facebook page.
According to media reports, the eighty huts at Tunjoy are meant for one individual each and are fitted with a bed, a toilet, gas table and electricity with charging socket.
"The Tungjoy Village Authority under Paomata Sub-Division has set up 80 huts for quarantine of their villagers who are coming from outside the State. Each hut (meant for one person) is fitted with a bed, separate toilet, gas table, electricity with charging socket," Biren stated.
Water supply is provided at various locations at the quarantine centre and rations have also been stocked. It's a commendable job by the villagers, the Chief Minister stated.
Later, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh too lauded both the villagers and Singh for this disciplined construction of huts. Taking to Twitter, Singh wrote, "Northeast shows the way. Kudos Manipur and CM Shri N Biren Singh. Tungjoy Village Authority has set up 80 huts for Quarantine for their villagers who are going to come from outside the State.Each hut fitted with bed,separate toilet,gas table,water supply and charging socket."
#Northeast shows the way.— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) May 12, 2020
Kudos #Manipur and CM Sh @NBirenSingh .
Tungjoy Village Authority have set up 80 huts for Quarantine for their villagers who are going to come from outside the State.Each hut fitted with bed,separate toilet,gas table,water supply and charging socket. pic.twitter.com/oReVSitRrj
It is pertinent to mention here that thousands of Manipuri people have started eyeing a return back home and the state government has asked all villages and communities to set up their own quarantine centres to ease the pressures on the Government.
So far, a few hundred has returned from the North East states while those stranded outside the region are likely to return in the next few days. A train from Chennai bringing back Manipuri citizens, which started off on Saturday night, is likely to reach Jiribam by Wednesday.
It is pertinent to mention here that at 8:00 pm on Sunday, a Shramik Special train carrying Manipur citizens departed from Chennai to Jiribam in Manipur carrying 1,081 passengers. According to the official Twitter handle of the Southern Railway, the passengers were checked for signs and symptoms of the coronavirus via thermal screening and social distancing was ensured. In an interesting move, the Railway authorities chose to keep the middle berth vacant as a precautionary move.
SOP for Stranded Manipuris who wish to Return Home: Firstly, the citizens stranded outside have to compulsorily register their names in the Government of Manipur's portal www.tengbang.in. They must also register in the web portals of the states where they are presently located. The State from where the train originates plays a major role in coordination with the Manipur Government and Ministry of Railways.
Since the trains are run on non-stop mode from station of origin to station of destination, the first priority shall be given to locations where the number of people stranded are "sufficient in number" to run a train. Preference will be given to stranded passengers in order of priority as per the registration done in the websites. The notification further informed that once both the Governments agree to run the train, the probable passenger list will be finalized, and the selected passengers will be informed by the respective state Governments.
Thereafter, the screening of the short-listed passengers will be done by the respective state Governments and only the medically fit people will be allowed to travel. "Anyone having symptoms or suspected to be infected or from the containment zone will not be allowed to board the train. The coaches and seat/berth numbers will also be assigned by the authorities of originating state/railways.
The final list of passengers selected by the State Government will be notified in the official website www.tengbang.in. Meanwhile, the passengers have been urged to "make adequate arrangements for food and water for themselves as the train will not stop in any railway station and will be run non-stop from the place of origin to Jiribam in Manipur. Moreover, the passengers have also been urged to wear masks and practice social distancing norms for the duration of the journey.
Once the journey comes to an end at the Jiribam Railway Station, the passengers of the trains will be screened at counters set up by the authorities. In case the train arrives in the evening, the screening may be done inside the coaches and in such a scenario, the passengers will have to stay in the train overnight.