Imphal: Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts and Cultural Society (KIMACS) on Friday stated that even as community transmission of Covid-19 has been growing, it appears that the state government is trying to escape from the situation without any proper policy to tackle it.
The state government has not established appropriate policy nor has it taken up a proper measure to contain pandemic, KIMACS Secretary, Publicity and Information Laishram Saityamjit Meetei said in the press statement.
KIMACS also pointed out that six student bodies had submitted a 12-point proposal to the state government to turn into action but that the government is yet to work on it. Stating that it fully supports the demands of the student bodies, KIMACS stated that the students had even carried out a relay hunger strike and called on the public to support them.
It is very unfortunate that amidst this Covid-19 situation, the government has diverted towards election campaign, election meeting, grouping with a crowded people which is taking in the direction of spreading more disease in the state, Laishram Saityamjit Meetei said.
The guidelines and SOPs which were imposed to tackle from Covid-19 are not to be exempted during the election campaigns and public meetings, Laishram Saityamjit Meetei said adding that instead of war of words between political parties, it would be better to take up precautionary measures and discussed deeply about the disease by exposing all the mistakes and falsehoods. The way the Indian government took up measures to contain COVID-19 is the same as running away so that we have no chance, he stated.
Laishram Saityamjit Meetei stated that despite community transmission, the government has not taken up any necessary measures but rather that it related situation to other authorities like the medical department and police department if an individual from one locality test positive.It is like the people have been taking their own responsibility during the period of death and positive cases, he said.
An unfortunate incident can be mentioned that on October 26 a senior citizen from Keirang Mayai Leikai identified as Wakambam Ibohal, 71-year-old expired due to Covid-19 at Raj Medicity hospital, KIMACS said and alleged that the state government has not taken any precautionary measure like asking the proper history of the deceased family’s whether there was spreading of virus to other family members. Actually the deceased person was from Heingang Mayai Leikai, which is the constituency of the chief minister. Maybe there is likely a positive case amongst the family members, the society said.
If the CM does not pay attention in his own constituency, then what will be the condition of other constituencies, KIMACS questioned adding that it is an act of fear. Individuals have been testing themselves with their own money as the state government’s financial status is not stable at this moment, they stated and added that even people are beginning to spend their own money for COVID treatment.