14 days’ lockdown in L/Subansiri from 22 May

ZIRO, 16 May: The Lower Subansiri district administration has decided to impose a two-week lockdown in the entire district from 22 May to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The decision to clamp the lockdown was taken in an emergency consultative meeting chaired by Agriculture Minister Tage Taki, which was attended by Deputy Commissioner Somcha Lowang, SP Harsh Indora, ADC Millo Kojin, other

administrative officers, ZPMs and members of the market welfare association here on Sunday.

The modalities for the lockdown, vaccination drive and delivery of essential commodities will be worked out on Monday.

Addressing the meeting, Taki stressed the need for intensifying the vaccination drive in the district.

“Lockdown is only a short-term measure. The only permanent solution to the pandemic is to develop herd immunity, which can be achieved through maximum vaccination coverage,” he said.

Stating that the proposed lockdown should not affect the vaccination drive in the district, the minister exhorted all the ZPMs to identify vaccine beneficiaries in their respective jurisdictions and inform it to the DMO, who will plan special session sites for them.

He urged the panchayat leaders to help the administration in imposing the lockdown effectively.

Later, the minister announced to provide Rs 10 lakhs from his local area development fund for the medical department for Covid control activities.

The ZPMs assured to offer full cooperation to the district administration in tackling the pandemic.

They also informed that temporary gates have been installed outside the containment zones, which are being manned by volunteers under the guidance of the respective village development committees and the ZPMs. (DIPRO)