COVID-19: Assam CM urges people "with folded hands" to stay at home

Sonowal, on Friday, visited the Jorhat Medical College and took stock of the emergency services, including isolation and quarantine wards in the hospital in case of the virus outbreak in the district and its adjoining areas.

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GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal requested people with folded hands to remain indoors, in view of the lockdown. Sonowal, on Friday, visited the Jorhat Medical College and took stock of the emergency services, including isolation and quarantine wards in the hospital in case of the virus outbreak in the district and its adjoining areas.

Sonowal termed the movement of people outside of their home in the pretext of buying daily essentials very unfortunate.

He said that the COVID-19 pandemic is a cause of concern throughout the globe, and by remaining indoors, people can lend a hands in breaking the cycle of infection in the state. He also said that in the absence of any antidote to treat COVID-19, social distancing is the only viable means to beat the viral infection.


He also said that the need of the hour is to follow the advisories given by the health department. He also made it clear that the government would take strict action against the violators of lockdown. Government agencies, public representatives and other organizations are working in tandem to generate mass awareness. Since people above 65 years and children below 10 years are very vulnerable, special steps need to be taken against their well being.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has welcomed the center’s announcement of Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package aimed at providing a safety net to those hit the hardest by the Covid-19 lockdown. Extending his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Khandu appreciated the sensible steps taken by Government of India to help all strata of the society in distress times.

“This has motivated people to be more resilient in their fight against COVID–19”, Khandu said.
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Khandu, while categorically highlighting the benefits that would be reaped by the people of the state from the economic package, stated that 44660 beneficiaries under Ujjawala Yojana in the state will be getting free cooking gas (LPG) cylinders in the next three months. 2771 Self-Help Groups of the state would reap the benefit of collateral-free loan which has been doubled to Rs. 20 lakh. 48912 beneficiaries consisting of senior citizens, poor widows and poor-disabled of the state would get the benefit of ex-gratia of Rs. 1000 per month for three months.

148064 Women Jan Dhan Account holders in the state will get Rs. 500 per month for three months to run their household during this period. 65000 farmers from the state shall receive Rs. 1000 as first instalment of our top-up amount announced in the budget in addition to the incentive of the centre for Rs. 2000.

He added that increased wages from Rs. 182 to Rs 202 for MNREGA will be reaped by MNREGA workers. Prime Minister Garib Ann Yojna will ensure that each one will get an additional 5 kg rice or wheat per month in addition to the existing scheme. 1kg dal will also be given for free. Health workers will get medical insurance cover of Rs. 50 lakh.

He said the state government will provide Rs. 1000/- each to all the BPL families as a one-time assistance to cope up during these trying times. It shall cover 1,77,213 families. Another important announcement made on the day was to provide assistance to the families whose livelihood has been seriously affected due to the lockdown. DCs have been directed to identify these vulnerable population and provide assistance in form of either Ration or Cash.
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