AIZAWL, April 27 - The way Mizoram is fighting the coronavirus pandemic where the community is actively involved right from the village level is exemplary, observed Chief Minister Zoramthanga during a video conference hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today for the chief ministers of India.
From Mizoram, Home Minister Lalchamliana and Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana also joined the online meeting.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga informed Prime Minister Modi of how members of the public, churches and associations have donated to the CM relief fund to fight COVID-19, and how local volunteers came forward to enforce the lockdown, distribute essential commodities among the people and guard the interstate and international borders without expecting anything in return, and also how landlords waved off rent for their tenants.
�The unity of the people of Mizoram in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is exemplary,� he reiterated.
Zoramthanga went on to say that even though Mizoram has only one COVID-19 patient who is recovering, there can be no respite from the battle as there are active cases in the neighbouring states and countries. He emphasised on the need to continue sealing of the border and strengthening security too.
He praised the Prime Minister for providing free ration and LPG to the economically weaker section of the society and said that there are a large number of beneficiaries in Mizoram.
Apprising the Prime Minister about various needs of the State, the Chief Minister discussed ways on how best to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic on the economy of Mizoram and other states.
Free LPG cylinders: In the meantime, free LPG cylinders under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana has brought much-needed relief to families of the weaker section of society during the lockdown, a PIB release stated.
The release said more than 20,000 beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana have credited money against the free cylinders in their bank accounts.
These beneficiaries belong to Aizawl, Mamit, Lunglei, Saiha, Serchhip, Lawngtlai, Kolasib and Champhai districts.