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Manipur water resources minister Letpao Haokip said the present government has been making regular modification in SOPs (standard operating procedures) of COVID-19 after thorough discussion and consideration for the welfare of the people of the State as per the changing scenario.

Minister Letpao also made an appeal to the people of Manipur to abide by the revised SOPs and not indulge in criticism as COVID-19 is a pandemic.

He was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of flagging of two buses to bring back 49 stranded residents of his Chandel Assembly constituency from Shillong and Guwahati on Wednesday.

It may be mentioned that Letpao, who is also the local MLA of Chandel constituency, earlier had successfully evacuated more than 50 people from Guwahati during the early part of May month, and all returnees had reached their respective homes after completing their quarantine.

Minister Letpao who also holds Youth Affairs and Sports portfolio said that the government faced criticism from various quarters regarding the frequent changes in the SOP.

But the changes have been made by the government after due consultation with experts for the betterment of the public at large.

He added that all should know that scientists, doctors and experts all over the world have been trying their best to find a cure or a solution to this COVID-19 pandemic, but no concrete treatment or solution have been found or introduced yet.

As a result, the government is implementing SOPs that will be more convenient in tackling COVID-19 from time to time, and it keeps on changing or modifying as the search for a cure in itself is an ongoing process, further added the minister.

He appealed the public not to misunderstand the government and it is very much committed to contain this global pandemic at its best level for our state Manipur.

He also appealed the villagers, localities and society at large to warmly welcome the returnees when they reach their respective homes after successfully completing quarantine and not to discriminate or dishearten them.

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