Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Sunday said, “There would be no dearth of funds to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the state and tackle any situation which may arise in this regard.”

“The state government will ensure that sufficient fund is available to fight this Covid-19 pandemic and uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to its people,” said Mein.

The deputy chief minister who was on a two-day visit to the districts of eastern Arunachal along the Arunachal-Assam border said both the state and central government is continuously monitoring the preparedness and actions for the management of Covid-19.

He asked the district administration to keep a strict vigil at check gates, especially on the entry and movement of stranded people and students who would be returning home from various places.

The deputy chief minister advised the district administrations to take due precautions to monitor every people entering the state so as to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is an eye-opener for all of us. It has taught us that we need to strengthen our health sector with the latest and innovative technologies,” Mein said.

He said since Arunachal has been categorized into a Green Zone, the day to day and economic activities as per the MHA guidelines has to be allowed by the district administrations so as to help the small traders and industries.

He further appealed the district administrations to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities, sensitize people to wear face masks at all times and maintain social distancing.

Mein also appreciated the Lohit district administration, its healthcare workers and people for the resilience, hard work and dedication shown by them in dealing with the lone Covid-19 positive case of the state.

Health Minister Alo Libang said the coming days will be more crucial and critical for Arunachal as many stranded people would be returning to their homes from outside the state.

He directed the district administrations to take proper measures for carrying out the required checks and putting people on quarantine, among others.

Also to accompany Mein on the tour were Arunachal East MP Tapir Gao, state BJP president Biyuram Wahge, Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, health secretary P Parthiban and disaster management secretary Dani Salu.

Besides visiting Roing (Lower Dibang Valley), Likabali (Lower Siang), Deomali (Tirap), Changlang (Changlang) and Namsai (Namsai), the team also visited the dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Pasighat.


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