by NEWSNER , 2021-04-07 15:58:58
The Mizoram government can pay an ex-gratia payment of Rs 20 lakh each to local volunteers if they die thanks to novel coronavirus.
The meeting of the council of ministers chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga approved a scheme for payment of ex-gratia to the relatives of a member of Village Level Task Force (VLTF) or Local Level Task Force (LLTF), who was involved in Covid-19 vigilance and die after incurring the virus.
This is the primary cause of Covid-19 fatality among VLTF or LLTF volunteers within the state.
VLTFs are being set in rural villages and LLTFs at towns for maintaining vigilance against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
These voluntary task forces played important roles when the pandemic was at its peak last year by aiding the government in curtailing the spread of Covid-19.
Mizoram is understood to be one of the simplest performing states in India to possess curtailed the spread of Covid-19 thanks to the concerted efforts made by the government, local volunteers, NGOs and churches.
However, nine people tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally to 4,500.
The state has 44 active cases, while 4,445 people have recovered from the virus.
The Covid-19 death is 11.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the council of ministers also mentioned the necessity to be more cautious thanks to the increase in Covid-19 cases within the country.
The cabinet also expressed concern about quite 100 pigs dying of an unknown disease at Lungsen village in Lunglei district recently.
State farming and veterinary minister K. Beichhua said that the unknown disease that killed the pigs is yet to be verified.
He said that African Swine Fever (ASF) is suspected to be the explanation for the death.
According to the minister, it's been already confirmed that the pigs were free from Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Classical swine influenza (CSF).
Samples are going to be sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal to determine whether or not the death of the animals was caused by ASF.