Meghalaya: Cabinet decisions taken on Monday stand nullified; new notications to be issued

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Shillong, Apr 14:

With Meghalaya reporting its first positive COVID-19 case, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today said that all decisions taken yesterday in the cabinet meeting stand nullified.

"The cabinet decided to follow the old protocols to which new notifications will be issued," Sangma informed after the Cabinet meeting.

According to him, public movement would be restricted even as there will be restriction on movement of private vehicles.

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"Inter district movement will also not be allowed," Chief Minister informed. He also informed that the detailed government advisories will be issued and notified on supply of essential commodities.

Earlier on Monday, the Cabinet decided that the migrant labourers from within the state who are stranded in shelter homes will be allowed to return to their home district.

The Cabinet had also decided to allow operation of local village markets even as it took the decision to allow the Deputy
Commissioners to decide on the feasibility to open the local village markets in some districts like Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills, West Jaiñtia Hills, North Garo Hills and West Garo Hills that are interconnected with Assam.

CM on stigmatization

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today urged upon the citizens to act responsibly and should not stigmatise people who has contracted the COVID-19 virus.

"I think coronavirus or COVID-19 is something that does not look at anybody's race, creed religion or caste and doesn't even look at the boundaries. I am trying to say it is something that can happen to
anyone and it is very wrong on our part to start stigmatize and blaming people," Sangma told reporters here today.

While urging upon the citizens to act responsibly, he said that Meghalaya has always taken the lead to show to the rest of the world and the country that the people of the State will unitedly fight against
this pandemic.

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"This is a challenge that the whole world is facing and we are no different. So therefore I think at this time the people of Shillong must show their responsibilities and ensure that no stigmatization
takes place in any manner," Sangma said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister also expressed his concern that people in different localities of Shillong city have started stigmatizing people who are working or associated with the hospitals.

"I think this also is very wrong since it is not really their fault of working in the hospital. In fact, they are the front line people who are responsible to save our lives and to protect us. I would urge the citizen to support the government, the hospitals and the people who has been affected during this difficult time and challenge," he said.