Meghalaya CM expresses gratitude to Riatsamthiah Presbyterian Church

SHILLONG, Apr 16: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Thursday, thanked Riatsamthiah Presbyterian Church for allowing the burial of late Dr Sailo, who died of the novel coronavirus, in their cemetery.

“The Pastors and the Reverend have shown their heart to everybody by ensuring and by allowing the burial of the departed soul in their graveyard,” he said.

Speaking on the issue people who blocking late Dr Sailo’s funeral at Jhalupara he said, “Yesterday’s situation actually was very unfortunate… We from the government side, from the administration side, we tried to explain, and I spoke to both the MLAs concerned and some of the families from Shillong city to resolve this issue.”

Meanwhile, responding to a question regarding allegations by Dr Sailo’s son-in-law that there have been no efforts on the part of the government to segregated the family members of six persons who have tested positive, he said, “Necessary guidelines, necessary precautions, safety measures, which should be taken appropriately are being maintained.”

“In fact even though the situation was very emotional for them we had to start the contact tracing process and a lot of the work has been done and I must thank all of them for being very supportive in this matter,” he said.

The Chief Minister through a Facebook live also informed that restrictions on farming activities in the state has been relaxed. However, he added that farmers will have to ensure that they will not be inducting any workers from other parts of the state and that there will be no inter-district movement.

“Certain relaxation to farmers is being allowed but that too will be with very strict supervision because we also need to ensure that the farmer community sow their seeds, so therefore there will be some relaxation,” he said.

On the issue of criticism towards the health department he said, “The department is very much prepared. Different SOPs and different arrangements, different kind of mock drills, different kind of infrastructure training, all has been done.”

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