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Biren Raises Question of Racial Discrimination of NE People in COVID conference of PM and State CMs

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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has raised the issue of facing racial slur and unnecessary harassment of Northeast people amidst spread of coronavirus in different parts of the country, a DIPR release said. Biren was speaking during a video-conferencing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Ministers of all states of India today.

Biren took held the attention of the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers during the conference that around 30,000 people from Manipur alone are stranded in different parts of the country due to the current lockdown, the release said.

He continued that many people from the Northeast are facing different types of harassments, adding that he would be forwarding a list of stranded Manipuri students along with the addresses where they are now putting up, to the States concerned.

The DIPR release further said Biren also pleaded to the respective Chief Ministers to look after them. He also requested the Prime Minister to direct the States to do the needful to stop harassment of NE people.

It said the Chief Minister also said Manipur government is also ensuring the safety and emergency requirements of people of other states stranded in Manipur. He also pleaded with the Prime Minister to make an arrangement to bring all the stranded people from Manipur back to their homes.

The release further said that regarding the State’s preparedness to face pandemic Covid-19, the Chief Minister said that facilities of 3200 beds are kept ready for quarantine. One dedicated block each in JNIMS and RIMS of 50 beds each is earmarked for Covid-19 patients. More ventilators have been installed in both the hospitals, he informed. To increase the number of testing facilities, he said, permission is being sought from ICMR to allow testing for Covid-19 in some selected private diagnostic centres.

Stating that Manipur shares 398 km long porous border with Myanmar, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has erected temporary fencing along the border to block illegal entry of foreigners, according to the DIPR release.

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