Lockdown and welfare measures

Publish Date : 15/04/2020

Roing, April 15: The first phase of the nationwide lockdown instituted to control the COVID 19 pandemic passed off successfully in Lower Dibang Valley district. The people are obeying the rules of the lockdown and maintaining social distancing norms. The District Administration had early on implemented measures of appointing nodal officers for tracking and observing people under home quarantine, started home delivery of essential ration commodities, appointed Medical Officers and ASHA workers for educating the people in the villages about the disease and rules to follow, directed construction agencies and contractors to feed the labourers under them, etc.

Till date there are 247 people under home quarantine of which 211 have completed 14 days of quarantine and have been asked to undergo further 14 days of quarantine. There are 13 people under facility quarantine in the district. 15 quarantine facilities have been identified in the district with a capacity to accommodate 830 persons for the period after the lockdown is lifted. The administration will be holding a meeting with elected representatives, CBOs, NGOs, student organisations etc to discuss the modalities that have been worked out to accommodate and quarantine the returnees. 1 isolation centre with a capacity of 14 beds has also been set up.

Under the economic welfare measures constituted by the government, support of 5 kgs rice and 1 kg pulse from the SDRF fund for those who have lost their livelihoods/ are stranded during the lockdown have been provided to 462 persons till now. These are people who do not hold ration cards. 53 persons have been provided shelter in a relief camp set up here with all necessary basic needs like medical aid,food and drinking water being arranged by the District Administration.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Samman Yojana of providing Rs.2000 to beneficiaries on a quarterly basis, a total of 5513 beneficiaries have been identified in the district with 4133 receiving the first instalment, 3660 receiving the second instalment, 1423 receiving the third instalment and 11 of them receiving the fourth instalment. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana(PMJDY), a total of 6230 women beneficiaries under SBI, Roing have been provided an amount of Rs.500 till 6th April 2020. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana(PMGKY) a total of 19709 PHH and 3344 AAY beneficiaries have been provided with benefits.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yoyana(PMUY), of the 2209 beneficiaries in the district, 65 beneficiaries have been provided free filled LPG cylinders and for the rest a process of transferring the amount into their bank accounts is underway. Under the NFSA to provide free 5 kgs of food grain per month to all PHH and AAY ration card holders for 3 months, the free rice for the month of April will be distributed along with the normal quota of rice to ration card holders from the 17th of April 2020, during the rice days set in the district.

The district is all set for the second phase of the lockdown till 3rd May 2020.

N. Namchoom, DIPRO