'Manipur needs effective policy to plug loopholes in fight against COVID-19'

The Manipur government must review the steps taken and formulate comprehensive policy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid confusion and fear among the public as COVID-19 second wave strikes hard with sudden surge in the number of new infected persons and increasing number of deaths in Manipur, a demand has been raised for the government to issue a comprehensive and long-term policy to fight the sourge of the pandemic effectively.

The trend of sudden announcement of government decision and policy and issueing of orders without thinking through has often rendered the common man and the public helpless and confused. In view of it, as the public struggle to survive the pandemic, the All Manipur Youth Protection Committee (AMYPC) demanded the authorities concerned to formulate a comprehensive short and long term policy to fight the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

AMYPC president L Shyam Khuman said in a release that the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the state severely in many ways with consistent surge in daily COVID-19 positive cases. It is high time the state review the steps which were already taken earlier so as to implement more effective policy.

It said that the loopholes in governance by the state government and people’s negligence are the root causes in bringing the state to this critical condition of the pandemic. The negligence has impacted many people especially the financially backward families and daily wages earners, and many have lost their lives.

Appealing to the authorities concerned to provide better service, the committee also urged to extend more support to the neediest people and frame a comprehensive policy that could help in dealing with the COVID-19 problem in the society, the release added.


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First Published:May 12, 2021, 2:13 p.m.

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