IMPHAL: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered strain of coronavirus. It is now a pandemic affecting many countries across the world. The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
The world has realized that the most effective way to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to strictly follow lockdown. Government of India announced total lockdown on 25th March 2020. In Manipur, the State Government has also followed the instructions of the Central Government diligently even though the state saw only two positive cases of COVID-19 and even these have recovered fully.
The Government had foreseen the impact that the lockdown would have on the weaker sections of the society and came up with initiatives under PMGKY to help them face these difficult times with ease. And it is evident that it is indeed a grand success as testimonials pour in from beneficiaries from across the State.
A beneficiary, Dimduannung Pamei of Noney District, Manipur received a sum of Rs. 2000/- in his account under PM-KISAN scheme. He is very thankful to the Government for the help as he is now able to meet the needs of his family as well as the requirements for his agricultural activity.
Huijinang Gangmei of Kaiphundai, Tamenglong District and another beneficiary Thingom Nirmala Devi of Jiribam District thanked the Government for distributing 5kgs of rice under PMGKY to help reduce the hardships faced by the people during the lockdown.
Bishorjit is a migrant worker from Tinsukia, Assam. He works in a plywood factory at Wabagai in Manipur. He appreciates the initiative of the Government to provide rice during the lockdown. He further added that even though the lockdown is hard on the people, the government has the support of the people and they are ready to face difficulties if need arises to help fight COVID-19. Similarly, Chumnath Nath and Basugupta from Assam are also migrant workers staying at Wabagai who have received aid under PMGKY. They praised the Government for taking care of migrant workers in such hard times.
W. Neeru from Kakching District of Manipur has received 15kgs of rice for her family so far under PMGKY. She feels that the people need help as they cannot move out for work because of the lockdown. She praised the Government for all their efforts to help people in villages and cities across the country.
The fight against COVID-19 cannot be won single-handedly. It needs the efforts of the Government as well as of all responsible citizens who understand the gravity of the situation. Following lockdown instructions diligently, maintaining social distancing and good personal hygiene will go a long way in preventing the spread of the pandemic.