NEW DELHI, March 3 - Several MPs of the northeastern States on Tuesday decided to press the Centre to set up coronavirus screening centres at airports across the region, as the Northeast shares border with several countries.
The North East MPs� Forum today decided to call on Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh and urge him to set up the facilities across the region in general and at the airports in particular.
The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport is an international airport and these facilities to detect coronavirus-infected patients should be set up immediately, Darrang MP Dilip Saikia told this newspaper.
Though coronavirus infection has not been detected in the Northeast, the MPs expressed the fear that the region is vulnerable as it borders Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.
Earlier, the North East India Festival, which was supposed to be held in Thailand from February 21 to 23, has been postponed following the coronavirus scare.
The India North East Festival is in its second edition this year and dates are now likely to be finalised for September this year, Shyamkanu Mahanta of MMS Trends told newsmen.
Meanwhile, the MPs also urged the minister to resume the Rs 5-crore special MP assistance funding scheme that was stopped a few years ago.