COVID-19: Assistance of Rs.2000 to continue till situation normalises


Guwahati: Assam Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday announced that those people who are not able to come back to Assam will be provided a monthly assistance of Rs. 2000 till the situation is under control.

Speaking to the media persons at a press conference here in Guwahati Dr. Sarma said that around 2 lakh 55 thousand people have already received Rs. 2000 assistance under Assam Care and will provide the same till the people don’t return back to their respective hometown in Assam.

The minister urged the inbound people not to comeback if they are into green zone and perfectly fine unless it is very important to return home. He also said that all the people who stay outside of Assam can directly come back during Durga Puja. The people who are bound to return will be given first preference as per the guidelines.

Though Dr. Sarma made it very clear that he can’t stop anybody from returning to their homeland, but have still requested people not to return from hotspot areas as it would be adding more burdens to the state.

 “People returning from outside the state will be checked at Srirampur and Bakshirhat respectively. For instance, if somebody’s hometown is in Barpeta, Chirang, Dhubri, Goalpara or Kokrajhar these people be taken to Kokrajhar SAI stadium. These people will be tested there and later on will be home quarantined with a stamp in their hand if found negative”, said Dr. Sarma.

These people will be under surveillance by the DC of their respective districts and will receive immediate treatment if any COVID-19 symptoms are found in them.

“Those people who will be travelling to Kamru(M), Kamrup (R), Morigaon, Nagaon, Mangaldoi or Kachar will be brought to Sarusajai Stadium at first and then they will undergo all the necessary tests. Meanwhile all the information will be received by the DC’s of the respective districts regarding the people coming from different parts of the country through an online portal”, added the Minister.   

However, people who do not wish to stay with the government assisted quarantine centres they will be provided with paid quarantine facilities at hotels.