Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio. (File image)

The Nagaland government will provide immediate cash assistance to the citizens stranded outside the state owing to Covid-19.

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio said a patient will be given cash assistance of Rs 20,000, a professional or working person will get Rs 4,000 while a student will receive Rs 3,000.

A separate portal has been opened at iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in for this purpose, where any citizen of the state who is presently outside and is facing distress due to the nationwide lockdown may apply for assistance directly.

The government also decided to reach out to the daily wagers, considering the hardships they are going through.

Rio said relief packets consisting of rice, dal and other essential items will be provided to the daily wagers through the respective district administrations.

Assistance:

The Nagaland government disbursed Rs 2.32 crore as assistance under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund till April 20.

An update in the “new initiatives and announcements” section of the Nagaland COVID-19 Dashboard said the disbursed fund included financial assistance to students and people outside Nagaland, deputy commissioners and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.

The financial assistance to deputy commissioners stood at Rs 1.78 crore while an amount of Rs 20 lakh was given to NSDMA.

The total amount given to those staying outside, inclusive of students and working people, was Rs 34.2 lakh, the Dashboard said.

It said a total of 2278 working people have been assisted while 881 students were helped through their respective Naga students’ union.

CMRF:

The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) received a little over 2.95 crore as donations till date, according to the chief minister’s website.

Out of this, Rs 2.32 crore has been disbursed as financial assistance to various entities.

The CMRF had over Rs 84.70 lakh as opening balance on March 26 while total donations received after March 26  stood at Rs 2.11 crore, according to the details provided on the website.

“While every effort is made to project the exact amount, the actual figure may vary due to bank charges, interest accrual etc,” it added.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com