Committee questions Jiribam MLA's ‘silence’ during COVID-19 crisis

The Joint Committee for Public Awareness on COVID-19 demands explanation from the Jiribam MLA for his silence

Amid the COVID-19 crisis in Manipur, Jiribam district holds a significant place as all the thousands of returnees to the state coming by train have to embark at the Jiribam Railway Station, the only railway head in Manipur. On arriving at the Jiribam Railway Station, the returnees are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and are taken forward in buses to their respective districts. However, the Joint Committee for Public Awareness on COVID-19 has alleged Jiribam MLA of remaining silent while people are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, and demanded an explanation from him.

The Jiribam people’s representative need to come out and cooperate with the civil voluntary organisations (CVOs), district administration and medical staff, a member of the joint committee Jitendra Ningomba said on Saturday while talking to reporters in Jiribam.

A team of the committee after organising COVID-19 awareness campaign at villages nearby National Highway-37 reached Jiribam on Friday night and a meeting was held with leaders of Jiribam CVOs at Hotel Leibaklei. The team visited Jiribam railway station and inspected the quarantine centres at Jiri College and RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya.

The committee visited the railway station on Saturday morning. The Jiribam superintendent of police (SP) under the supervision of the district deputy commissioner warmly received the returnees and provided them food. The committee was satisfied to witness the arrangement and expressed to urge the government for the welfare of the officials who struggle round the clock for the people.

Jitendra said the committee appreciates the CVOs in Jiribam who were helping the people and the SP who was serving the returnees day and night at the railway station. 

The committee will urge the government on the shortage of Ambulance in Jiribam and about the hospital, he added.  The committee also gave COVID-19 awareness to the people of Tatbung village of Tamenglong district.

From IFP Correspondent | JIRIBAM

First Published:May 31, 2020, 11:29 a.m.