According to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Coronavirus will change how we view the world and India needs to be prepared for this transition. Speaking recently, Sangma said the North East’s relative success in controlling the transmission of COVID-19 should help promote it as a safe zone for tourism. “Meghalaya and North East can be marketed as safe zones for tourism. People want to travel but to places that are not too crowded. We can promote the North East in that way,” he said.
“There is no doubt this is a crisis but every crisis can be turned into an opportunity. There is a lot of scope for agriculture and organic food farming in the North East, we can bring an agricultural revolution here. This region can become the hub for food and vegetable farming,” Sangma added.
Sharing how Meghalaya managed to be completely red-zone free, Sangma said that it was only possible due to early intervention on his government’s part. “We imposed restrictions in the state from March 16 that greatly helped. On March 13, 12 cases were found from one house, after we worked religiously on our containment strategy. Today only one active case remains, the other 10 have recovered and one person has died,” he said. The Meghalaya government also conducted door-to-door testing in red zones, supported farmers and MNREGA workers and allowed movement of vehicles outside Shillong. Nearly 50,000 people were quarantined in the state.