Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday said businesses, construction works and agricultural activities should be continued to resume the economy.

He said this while addressing the officials of the Dimapur district administration, police, medical department and the members of the Dimapur special committee on Covid-19 in Dimapur.

Rio said although Nagaland does not have the presence of many factories and industries, the shops and construction works need to resume their activities.

He said with the monsoon approaching fast, road construction and other related works need to be activated and agricultural activities continued as per directive of the central government.

Reminding that 70 per cent of Naga population comprises farmers, Rio said, “When farmers do not sow, there will be no harvest.”

He said all construction materials are transported to Nagaland from other states and to other parts of the state from Dimapur.

In this regard, he advised the administration and police to formulate a policy on how to function best for the convenience and betterment of all.

Rio acknowledged and expressed his appreciation to the citizens of Dimapur, the district administration, police, medical fraternity, members of the special committee on Covid-19, NGOs, churches, various departments and all others involved for working hard thus far in containing the pandemic.

He said Dimapur district was doing well in all aspects so far and encouraged it to continue the same not only for the district but for the whole state.

Rio said the first lockdown was successful and the second lockdown is due to expire on May 3 with partial relaxation particularly in the green zones.

“Therefore, we need to educate the public to follow the guidelines of social distancing,” he said.

Rio expressed satisfaction with the mark improvement in Dimapur Covid-19 hospital as compared to the status during his last visit on April 3.

“Lot of good things have happened,” he said.

Quoting the WHO that the virus would stay on for a long time, Rio said, “Our preparedness should for ready for today if not tomorrow.”


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