Kohima, April 5, 2020:
The Government of Nagaland on May 12 said that stranded citizens who opt not to return to the state in the near future shall be paid an amount of Rs 10,000.
After several civil societies in Nagaland appealed the stranded citizens outside the state not to return home, the state government has also appealed the stranded persons to remain wherever they are. The state government has also decided to pay a sum of Rs.10,000 to such stranded citizens who decide to stay back.
"Under these circumstances the State Government has decided to give first priority and preference to stranded senior citizens and patients who had gone for medical treatment, distressed persons and those facing difficulties for repatriation to the State. The Government has also decided to give Rs. 10,000/- to those citizens of Nagaland presently staying outside who opt to stay back where they are at present. In this connection it is also cautioned that systems have been put in place to check fraudulent claims and punish such dishonest opportunists", said a communique issued from the office of the Chief Secretary.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) in a tweet said that the state government is making arrangements and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for stranded citizens with priority to patients, elderly, distressed and students. It is also pertinent to mention here that the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, will convene a meeting with all civil societies in Dimapur later today to invite opinions and discuss issues in this connection.
StateGovt is making arrangements & SOPs for stranded citizens with priority to patients,elderly,distressed,students. In response to civil societies we also appeal to citizens to remain in your places unless unavoidable. A sum of Rs.10,000/-will be extended to those who stay back.— CMO Nagaland (@CmoNagaland) May 12, 2020
It is pertinent to mention here that Nagaland has reported a single case of the virus and the patient was treated and then released after recovery from the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH). However, the patient has been added to the tally of Assam since he was tested 'positive' in Guwahati. Thus, technically, Nagaland is still free from the coronavirus.
Note: Till May 11, 18,282 citizens of Nagaland stranded in different parts of the country wishing to return to Nagaland by Government arranged transportation have applied through the returnees' declaration form in the website iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in