DIMAPUR, May 7 - Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said that the ongoing lockdown would be relaxed in a phased manner depending on the daily case report of the State, which has been designated a Green Zone.
Rio was speaking in a meeting with government officers and NGO representatives at the Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner�s residence after inspecting the arrangements in COVID-19 hospitals in Mokokchung district.
The Chief Minister said the State�s economy has suffered due to the lockdown and appealed to all to reconstruct the economy by reverting to agriculture and allied activities.
�If we fail in reviving our economy, we will not survive on Central Government�s grants alone. We all must work together and rescue ourselves,� Rio said.
On the movement of stranded people, the Chief Minister called upon all to follow the guidelines issued by the Government in this respect.
Rio appreciated the people of the State for their selfless contribution and cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic so far. �We are fighting with an invisible enemy. Let us all put our mistakes and differences behind and fight this unitedly,� he said.
The Chief Minister, along with Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, also visited the COVID-19 hospital at Wokha during the day and held a meeting with government officials and representatives of Lotha Hoho, Lotha Eloe Hoho and Lotha Students� Union.
�We are better prepared now to fight against the pandemic,� Rio said in the meeting. It has been possible due to the collective efforts of all sections of society, which he called �Team Nagaland�.
The Nagaland Chief Minister claimed that the lockdown has been very successful in the State due to the support and cooperation of the civil societies and NGOs. He also thanked all the churches and believers for their constant support during the crisis.