HAFLONG, March 31 - The Deputy Commissioner of Dima Hasao-cum-Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Amitabh Rajkhowa, has appreciated the services of the villagers and gaonburhas along with the frontline workers against their epic battle to contain the spread of Covid 19 pandemic at this hour of nation�s crisis.
In an interview, Rajkhowa, who has been supervising the entire management relating to Covid 19, explained that in the beginning it seemed to be a tall order considering the location, lack of proper communication and infrastructure, but as the days passed everything seemed manageable, thanks to the people of the district and other stakeholders involved, he admitted.
�In the meantime, we have arranged vegetables to be sold at various locations while grocery and medicines shops are kept open so that people do not face difficulties during the period of lockdown,� he said.
This has encouraged the people to abide by the lockdown norms and maintain social distance. He also informed that as many as 35 beds for COVID-19 treatment and 5 ICU beds were arranged at the new building of Haflong Civil Hospital. Further, the PWD has been alerted for completing some other pending works, he added.
Rajkhowa further said that though it was not an easy task to maintain total lockdown in a backward district like Dima Hasao, but in many ways the local people�s active and wholehearted cooperation has made the ban and social distancing possible.
As a precautionary measure and to maintain social distance, several village administrations have restricted random entry of outsiders into villages in and around Haflong town.
Along with the entire nation, the villagers of Fiangpui, Upper Bagetar, Lodi, Boildura etc., have contributed to fight the deadly coronavirus by restricting entry of outsiders into their villages.
The Village Defence Party, popularly known as VDP, have been formed in almost all the villages and the volunteers have been assigned to guard every entry point to the villages round the clock. A number of youths have been assigned to guard the entry gates of the villages.
At a time when some people were found violating the lockdown norms, but here in Dima Hasao the VDP has gained tremendous appreciation for engaging youths to maintain social distance and other lockdown norms.
People are of the opinion that during this world crisis, all sections of people should come forward to fight against this pandemic unitedly.