Digital rally and protest in Peren

Digital rally was organized by JAC Peren in collaboration with every VC under Peren district to show our resentment over administration and those erring officer and doctor who fail to perform their duty. The Haryana returnees were directly send home without testing in our district which led to declaration of containment zone in some ward in the village and towns in our district.

Protesters during the rally in Peren to express their resentment against the district administration and medical personnel

On the other hand, several hundred people on Tuesday staged a protest rally to express their resentment against the district administration and medical personnel for releasing the 96 Haryana returnees on June 23 without conducting the second test.

The demonstrators raised slogans while some were see with placards that read: “ERROR 404 Doctor, Administration not found in Peren”, “Absconding from duty is not sincere apology”, “Govt meet the demand of ZSUN” etc.” Later, the protestors submitted a representation to the chief minister through the DC Peren.

Reiterating the ultimatum of Zeliangrong Students’ Union Nagaland (ZSUN) seeking immediate action against two doctors that it holds responsible for spread of COVID-19 in Peren, three organisations have now also sought replacement of the district’s deputy commissioner (DC). In the memorandum to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Dithuibo Niumai, Henkhogen and R John, presidents of ZSUN, Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) and Zeme Youth Organisation Nagaland (ZYON) respectively, alleged that two doctors had released 96 returnees from Haryana from facility quarantine centres and allowed them to go to their respective villages without any compulsory retest as mandated by protocol of contact tracing around 10.30 p.m. of June 23.

According to them, this had put Peren district at a precarious position and risk of community transmission of COVID19.

But instead of being reprimanded for their actions, the organisations said they were surprised to learn that they had been transferred and posted at the State Capital. Asserting that this was unacceptable and an insult to “our people”, the three organisations demanded immediate exemplary actions against the two doctors for their “wilful negligence and autocratic style of functioning” that tantamount to crime against humanity.

Pointing out that the post of chief medical officer (CMO) had been lying vacant despite request for a full-fledged CMO, the memorandum observed that the former CMO was promoted as additional director and then entrusted to take charge as CMO again.

Therefore, the three organisations demanded a full-fledged at the earliest to fill the leadership void in the health department in the district.

Further, KSO, ZSUN and ZYON also demand that the incumbent DC of Peren be replaced by someone more competent to shoulder the responsibilities of this magnitude at this hour, which was the district’s pressing need. They alleged that due to the inefficiency of the administrative head, the district had not been able to effectively handle the pandemic.

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