Imphal: Manipur youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip on Saturday flagged off the essential items for distribution to Khengjoi and Chakpikarong sub-divisions of Chandel district, as a the part of state government’s effort to ensure supply of essential commodities to the public during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The flagging off of the essential items was done at Sugnu in the morning, in the attendance of the SDOs of the two sub-divisions, many social-workers and FPS agents.
Five truck loads of rice each were sent, as an initial arrangement, for distribution to the remote areas of Khenjoi and Chakpikarong sub-divisions.
Letpao Haokip, who is also the local MLA of 41-Chandel AC, was appointed by chief minister N. Biren Singh on Friday as district-in charge to supervise the various activities for combating measures related to the outbreak of COVID-19 and ensuring supplies of essential commodities etc. for Chandel and Tengnoupal districts.
The minister said people of these areas have been facing acute shortage of foodgrains and other essential items due to its remote location and lack of shops. And now with the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak, their hardships have increased as they even may not longer get access to their usual markets at Sugnu, Pallel and Moreh, he added.
He expressed his hope that such timely response by the state government during critical times will ease the life of the public to some extent.
Later in the afternoon, the minister will further flag off distribution of essential items for areas of Tengnoupal district from Pallel.