Relief camps for daily wage earners and labourers in Dimapur
Dimapur, April 15 (EMN): As India continues with its nationwide lockdown scheduled to be on till May 3, there are concerns about the condition of daily wage labourers and migrant workers stranded in Dimapur district.
Nagaland too has its share of daily wage labourers and migrant workers who have been left stranded in the state since the lockdown was announced.
According to the update from the Nagaland state control room for Coronavirus (Covid-19), there are more than 10,000 daily labourers and migrant workers stranded in at least four districts of Nagaland, excluding Dimapur. The four districts are Phek, Kohima, Mon and Mokukchung.
The update stated that rest of the districts were yet to submit a list of stranded workers in their respective area.
Dimapur has at present around 350 stranded workers at three relief camps being set up, according to information that was received from the deputy commissioner of Dimapur Anoop Khinchi.
Speaking to Eastern Mirror through the phone, the deputy commissioner said there are three relief camps that are providing shelter to daily labourers and migrant workers who are stranded in the town due to the lockdown.
Apart from the shelter, he said the district administration, along with help from some nongovernmental organisations had started a community kitchen that provided two meals a day for the stranded persons during the lockdown.
However, he said everyone one of those stranded daily labourers and workers are residents of Dimapur.
Stating that the health and safety of the people taking shelter at the relief camps is an important factor, he said a medical check up of everyone there is being done regularly, besides providing them with basic safety kits such as masks and hand sanitizers.
Further, Khinchi said the district administration is on a constant lookout for any daily wage labourers and workers stranded in and around Dimapur so as to provide them with shelter and tend to their needs.