Guwahati: Expressing fear of community spreading of the coronavirus pandemic, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Sunday appealed the fellow Arunachal residents not hire labourers from neighbouring Assam.
The apex student body’s vice president Meje Taku said, “The number of tested COVID-19+ cases have been doubling in the state and the situation is quite alarming now. Therefore, we appeal to our native residents not to hire a house maids, construction workers and other daily wage workers from neighbouring Assam in order to avoid community spreading of the virus.”
Stressing that Arunachal Pradesh is now prone to community spreading, Taku said, “Only extraordinary consciousness among the masses can prevent mass spreading.”
He also asserted the state government to put the entire Arunachal under lockdown. “We also demand the state government to start classifying the districts in zones and to impose lockdown restriction to contain the spread. Lockdown is the need of the hour.”
Stating the earlier lockdown was imposed at a time when the number of tested COVID+ cases was nil in Arunachal, Taku said, “The AAPSU will be compelled to declare a state-wide bandh or lockdown by its own if the state government fails to declare it at the earliest.”
The AAPSU also urged the state government to conduct anti-body rapid test among the truckers that fly into the Arunachal Pradesh from outside the state.
He also asked the government to make public the paid quarantine centres located in various parts of the state so that the common people settling in and around these designated areas can maintain physical distance with utmost precautions.