Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) deputy commissioner Komkar Dulom on Wednesday had a discussion on the modalities for regulating activities as per the new Standard Operating System (SOP).

The DC convened a meeting with all the stakeholders including Capital SP Tumme Amo, ADC Talom Dupak and DMO Mandip Perme to discuss the modalities.

The DC, while briefing the gathering on the new guidelines, said: “As per the new normal, everyone has to follow standard COVID19 precautions like compulsory wearing of face mask, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, use of sanitizers, following cough etiquette, etc while in public areas and workplaces.”

Matters regarding the winding up of paid quarantine centres, once those currently staying in them are discharged after testing negative, were also discussed during the meeting.

Dulom, however, stressed that the process of winding up would be done gradually and by evaluating the situation minutely.

He also said the dedicated Covid Care Centres (CCCs) and the Dedicated CCCs would continue to function normally.

The DMO said the five testing centers – Banderdewa check gate, CCCs at Lekhi and Zoo area, TRIHMS and the quarantine facility at Hotel Ashoka — would also continue testing for Covid19.

Few queries and additional issues pertaining to rapid antigen tests (RAT) of government servants on duty, rationalisation of RAT by scaling it down to selected cases, and other practical problems faced on the ground were also thoroughly discussed.

The DC also appreciated the efforts of all the stakeholders concerned for their contribution in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He hoped with the winding up of few activities, the Corona fighters may get some respite, however, they have to be in standby mode for any kind of eventualities.

Also highlighting the penalty of Rs 500 for violators for not wearing masks and the penalty of Rs 200 for spitting in public areas, the DC urged the denizens to cooperate with the administration and to follow all SoPs for the safety of every individual.

He further stressed that strict action would also be initiated against such violators.

More than 40 officers from various departments attended the meeting.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: