Dr Jitendra Singh lauds a disciplined northeast in the fight against COVI-19
DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh. Courtesy: New Indian Express

Disciplined Northeast, Example For India In Coronavirus Management: Jitendra Singh

May 12, 2020

A disciplined northeast has been an example for the country to follow in the fight against COVID-19, said DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh recently.

"Northeast has been traditionally disciplined and the region has emerged as the model of coronavirus management," Singh said.

"The kind of discipline the region has shown and is showing should be emulated by the entire country," he added.

"People from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura are following the lockdown protocols in letter and spirit," he further said.

"Northeast, by tradition and lifestyle, has been extremely civilised and discipline and this is why there has been no problem in ensuring the lockdown protocols here," Singh further said.

"Northeast region has emerged as the model of development for the entire country," Singh further said.

"There is a lot to learn from the way people of the region has adhered to the lockdown guidelines," he added.

"Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim are coronavirus-free states and so far not a single case has been detected here," Singh said.

The kind of social discipline these states have shown to break the COVID-19 chain is what the entire nation needs to follow, he added.

The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister also lauded the local administrations in containing the spread of the virus.

"The state governments and the DoNER ministry have also doing day-to-day monitoring at the micro and the macro level," Singh said.

Such monitoring has also helped in cutting out the possible threat of coronavirus, he added.

"Here, I must especially laud the efforts of the various women-run Self Help Groups (SHGs) of the northeast," Dr Singh further said.

"These SHGs have been active in preparing masks for community use, which has helped the government in a big way," Singh said.

"Moreover, these SHGs have also ensured that every lockdown protocol is followed without a fail in their respective communities," he added.

Dr Singh hoped that the examples set by the people northeast would be emulated elsewhere as well and India will stand as an example to the world in coronavirus management.

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