Lockdown 3.0: Nagaland govt issues new revised guidelines

Lockdown 3.0: Nagaland govt issues new revised guidelines
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KOHIMA | MAY 04, 2020:

Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy issued new consolidated revised guidelines on lockdown measures in state.

Addressing the media, Toy said that Nagaland is in the third phase of the lockdown which has been extended to another two weeks with effect from May 4 with few relaxations and restrictions as Nagaland falls under the  green zones.

He stated that Nagaland government has set their own lockdown guidelines which are relevant to the state.

Toy informed that the state has allowed inter-district movement for migrants and stranded persons in distress which will be done in a regulated manner.

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Adding to it, he said that inter-district movements of commercial passenger vehicles shall remain barred except vehicle carrying goods while taxis and auto rickshaws will be allowed to ply with conditions that they carry not more than two passengers respectively.

He however said that the relaxation of taxis and autos will not be applicable to the 14 border administrative sub divisions namely Dimapur sadar, Nuiland, Dhansaripar, Siethiekema circle, Jalukie, Bhandari, Mangkolemba, Tuli, Tamlu, Naginimora,Tizit, Pfutsero, Meluri and Jakhama.

Furthermore, he informed that the DCs have cautioned the taxi drivers and various associations that limiting the numbers of passengers in taxis and auto should not lead to increase in fares.

Even though Nagaland is in the green zone, it is possible for the virus to enter into the state through people coming in from outside the state. The government is in touch with various states, organizations, railways and airlines on how ways to bring the stranded people of the state back home, he said.

Highlighting on the the COVID-19 cess imposed on diesel and petrol by the state government, Toy reiterated that the amount collected will be used only for the purpose of addressing the COVID-19.

"Covid-19 cess is done for a good cause and also to bring about transparency the government has intentionally called the imposed tax as COVID-19 cess", he said.

Toy also stated that the Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the Government offices in the Districts will start functioning with attendance of officers of Deputy Secretary and above in the Secretariat and Deputy Director and above in the Directorate and the HODs and immediate junior in the District offices being mandatory.

He added that the other categories of officers and staff, a roster system shall be worked out whereby 50% staff attends office every alternate week.

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