Assam Government to provide cremation expenditure to people who cannot bear expense


GUWAHATI: The Assam Government on Thursday through an official order informed that they will provide up to Rs.5000 to the relatives of those who cannot bear the cremation expenses of patients who die of COVID-19 in Assam.

The information was shared through an official order issued by Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, Samir K. Sinha.

The official order read, “In view of the difficulties communicated by Deputy Commissioner regarding cremation of COVID positive patients, it is decided that expenditure upto Rs 5000/- will be allowed in each case of death of each COVID positive patient, towards cremation expenses, if the relatives do not receive the body or they cannot bear the cremation expenses. Fund for this purpose will be provided by NHM Assam.”

Assam Health and Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “2 decisions by Health Dept on #Covid19 A. In view of #unlock4guidelines a person who travels outside Assam & returns within 96 hrs will not be quarantined subject to conditions in attached order B. Upto Rs 5000 towards cremation of #Covid patients if family unable to bear cost.”