NES calls for pragmatic Covid-19 action plan

ITANAGAR, 15 May: Taking note of the speculation by scientists and experts that a third wave of Covid-19 may occur and cause a bigger tragedy, the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has urged the state government to prepare a pragmatic action plan to combat the pandemic.

Suggesting a slew of measures to tackle the virus, the NES said: “The state government may extend the lockdown of the capital region and further extend it as per situation.”

The NES said that the local administrations should be instructed to identify the locality, town or circle which may require stringent measures like lockdown “without imposing a ban on inter-district movement of vehicles by regulating ‘no stop zone’ for the commuters and goods transportation.”

It further urged the government to issue directives to the deputy commissioners to take necessary steps in consultation with the local MLAs, “so that the virus cannot spread its tentacles in rural areas and villages.”

The NES also asked the government to “ensure total Covid-19 vaccination drive and strict enforcement of SOPs,” besides posting adequate medical and paramedical functionaries, ensuring regular supply of lifesaving drugs and essential commodities and “intensifying the test, track and treat across the state.”

Pointing out the problems being faced by the people of Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Kamle and Upper Subansiri districts, including border security personnel, due to the “under-construction Joram-Koloriang road and Potin-Pangin road,” the NES urged the state government to instruct the implementing agencies – the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited and the PWD (highway) chief engineer – to ensure free flow of essential commodities, including medicines, to the districts.

“The man and machineries may be positioned at all the vulnerable and frequent block points of the under-construction highways,” the NES said.

Meanwhile, it vehemently condemned criticism and attack on frontline workers, particularly the medical community, the police forces and the administration, on social media. The NES suggested that “the authorities concerned should directly be communicated for any clarification, instead of going to social media, as it may dilute the morale of the frontline workers.”