Nagaland announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for frontline workers

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The Nagaland Government has on Monday announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 10 lakh to any government employee “who suffers fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties”.

This was informed in a notification issued by the Chief Secretary of Nagaland.

As per the notification any employee of the Nagaland state government, including any personnel of Nagaland Police and the urban local bodies in the state, who suffers fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties, will be paid an ex gratia amount of Rs 10 lakh by the state government.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on twitter.

The Nagaland government has also announced immediate relief in the form of cash assistance to distressed and stranded citizens outside Nagaland because of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

Accordingly, the scale of cash assistance will be INR 20,000 for a patient, INR 4,000 for a professional or working person and INR 3,000 for a student. Moreover, a separate portal has been opened (iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in) where any citizen of the state who is presently outside and facing distress due to the nationwide lockdown, may apply for assistance directly. The state government will also provide essential commodities package through district administration to daily wage earners in Nagaland.

As per local reports, a total of 434 samples has been sent from Nagaland so far for Covid-19 testing. Results for 404 have returned negative while the remaining 30 awaits confirmation. A total of 121 people are kept under facility quarantine.

Reports further mentioned that till date, Nagaland has received 56,000 personal protective equipment, 2,76,000 triple-layer masks, 42,000 N95 masks, 11 ICU ventilators, nine transport ventilators and 50 CPAP machines, 1007 B-type oxygen cylinders, 119 A-type nitrous cylinders and 54 jumbo oxygen cylinders.

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