IMPHAL, April 16 - The Manipur Government has begun transferring Rs 2,000 each to the bank accounts of people, including students, stranded outside the State, who had sought help through the State�s newly launched website.
Speaking to reporters during his visit to two old age homes on the outskirts of Imphal today, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said his Government is also considering providing assistance to those who are currently in different cities for medical treatment.
A website (www.tengbang.in) was launched on March 29 to reach out to the people of Manipur who are stranded outside the State and in need of help to overcome hardships due to the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Chief Minister handed over rations and medical supplies, including hand sanitiser, masks and medicines, to the inmates of the old age homes and interacted with them.
BJP MLA Th Satyabrata, Principal Secretary (Health) V Vumlunmang, Social Welfare Director Ng Uttam and other government officers were also present.
The visit came in the backdrop of the Prime Minister�s recent call to take special care of the elderly people.
Singh said that post April 20, the State Government may consider certain relaxations for a few selected sectors after assessing the situation. However, no decision would be taken in a hurry as the State has a long international boundary.
Urging the public and civil society organisations to join hands with the Government in the fight against COVID-19, he observed that it is not the time to indulge in a blame game and unnecessary criticism. He also called upon the public to immediately inform the police if anybody detects sale of essential items at higher prices.
Meanwhile, a team led by Principal Secretary and Resident Commissioner of Manipur Bhawan in Delhi PK Singh has started distribution of dry rations to students and others stranded in the national capital.