Increase of COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya due to movement of central govt employees

Shillong, July 09: Mr John F Kharshiing, Chairman, The Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya today has written to the Chief Minister Mr Conrad ka Sangma saying that the increase of COVID19 Active Cases in Meghalaya due to movement of central government employees such as BSF, para military forces, Banks etc.

In the letter Mr Kharshiing mention that, as noticed from the State Government updates about the recent increase of COVID19 positive cases in Meghalaya due to the movement or transfer of the BSF, para military forces, Bank, Central Government Employees.

From the GCCM would request the urgent consideration of the State Government to take up with the Prime Minister, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Union Ministry of Defence of the Government of India to seriously examine and consider transferring and posting or moving  the BSF, CRPF, Para Military,  Army or Air Force personnels, Bank, Central Government employees posted elsewhere in the Country and who belong and are local residents of the state to be transferred back to Meghalaya.

Transferring local residents  back to the State would be a strategic way of controlling and reducing the scope of COVID19 spread.   This would help in reducing the constant movement of BSF personnel, troops, Bank employees , Central Government employees who are otherwise due for transfer or eligible for leave during this critical COVID19 period.

If at all they were to take mandatory leave the individual would be travelling within the State if he/she belonged to the State of Meghalaya. We understand there is a good number of locals from Meghalaya in these departments, this could be examined under the existing Disaster Management Act 2005.

The GCCM hope that this suggestion will be examined and explored expeditiously in the interest of keeping the people of the State safe and protected from such spikes from COVID19 in Meghalaya.


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