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Free Food and Relief Helpline for Stranded Northeast People

Reports of Northeast citizens been denied entry to supermarket or shopkeepers refusing to sell them groceries in metro-cities have been surfacing of late. Racial profiling against Northeast people is rapidly increasing amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Slurs, such as “Coronavirus” or “Chinese” have become daily affairs faced by the people of Northeast region.

On Friday night, National Disaster Management Authority, a division of Ministry of Home Affairs, has issued a notification to help Northeast people, who have been stranded due to the Covid-19 lockdown across the country.

“The government will assist those Northeast people stranded outside the region by providing basic requirements for daily maintenance of food and safety”, confirmed Issac Charenamei, General Secretary of Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD), which is the largest Northeast student’s organisation outside the region with over 10,000 members.

The Indian government have sourced the help of voluntary organisations including NSUD, to tackle migrant workers from the region find their basic requirements of food and safety.

How to Apply and Avail for the Relief Scheme:

1) Name
2) Total number of people stranded with you
3) Permanent Residential address
4) Present Address (Any location in India)
5) Valid reasons how you got stranded

And SMS/WhatsApp the details to +91-8860526988/7838267717

Shihoni Chishi, a Chakhesang lady from Chekiye village in Nagaland, along with her five stranded children in Gurgaon have been circulating for help on social media.

Here’s a video of two students from Nagaland, Yokai Johny Konyak and Ali Meren, who are pursuing a degree at a college in Mysuru (Karnataka) went to a supermarket at JLB road to purchase grocery on Sunday, but were denied entry inside the store.

An NGO-Helping Hands founded by IPS officer Robin Hibu (Additional Director General of Police, Delhi Police), from Arunachal Pradesh, who is also a twice winner of President’s Medal for distinguished service, have extended his service for Northeast diaspora. His organisation can be contacted on +91-9810083486.

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