After the Centre’s decision to extend the nationwide lockdown in view of the coronavirus for another two weeks starting from May 3, a high-level meeting of the Assam government was held to discuss various issues related to the movement of people of the state stranded at different places across the country. The policy to be adopted for facilitating their return to the state was also discussed at the high-level meeting.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati on Friday evening.
While welcoming the Centre’s decision to extend the nationwide lockdown, the state government decided to review the relaxations notified by the Union government for their implementation in the state and to inform the public accordingly.
The meeting also discussed various issues related to the lockdown presently being enforced in the state.
The principal secretary of the finance department, Sameer Sinha informed the Assam chief minister about the steps to be taken to deal with issues related to movement of state’s people who are stranded in different parts of the country.
Further, in pursuance of the Central government’s notification to appoint nodal officer to deal with the matter of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places, the state government designated GP Singh Additional DGP (Law & Order) as the nodal officer for the entire exercise.
Besides, Harmeet Singh Additional DGP (security) is designated as alternate nodal officer.
State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika, Chief Minister’s Legal Adviser Shantanu Bharali, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta and senior officials of the state government were present in the meeting.