Amid lockdown, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Saturday carried out a spot verification of the Banderdewa check gate in the Assam-Arunachal border.

The chief minister inspected the check gate to ensure that all points of entry into the state are fully equipped to detect any COVID19 suspected cases.

During his visit, Khandu reviewed the facilities and manpower availability in the check gate.

He also met the frontline health workers and police personnel posted at the point of entry.

Khandu enquired if safety kits and other facilities are being made available to all the frontline workers.

The chief minister also inspected if the check gates are following safety protocols and social distancing is maintained.

Khandu also inspected the Arunachal Pradesh State Control Room for COVID19 established at the Civil Secretariat here to answer citizens’ queries on the virus and to monitor activities of different agencies involved in containment of the disease.

The chief minister later convened a meeting with the top officials of the state to discuss on strengthening the screening process at all entry points so that no suspected case of COVID19 goes undetected.

He also discussed to equip these checkpoints with sufficient manpower, screening kits, safety kits and other facilities.

Discussions on standard operating procedure to handle cases when a person is identified with the virus, procedures for isolation and treatment to prevent further spread of the disease were also carried on during the meeting.


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