Assam releases Rs 2000 each to 86,000 people from the state stranded outside:

Guwahati, April 20: Assam releases Rs.2000 each to people stranded. Assam government on Monday has deposited Rs 2000 each to the bank accounts of 86,000 people from Assam (mostly migrant workers), who are stranded outside of the state due to ongoing nationwide lockdown.

Assam releases Rs.2000 each to people stranded is the first set of financial assistance under Assam Cares to the people of Assam stranded outside of the state.

Addressing a press conference held in Guwahati Assam Health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that, over 4.32 lakh people from the state are stranded outside of the state due to lockdown and the Assam government has decided to provide financial assistance to those people.

“Today, we have deposited Rs 2000 each to the bank accounts of 86,000 people and we will provide similar financial assistance to other people also. The decision was taken by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while he visited the office of NHM, Assam to review the current situation yesterday,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

He further said that, it is the first installment and the second installment will be released before the lockdown is lifted.

The Assam Health minister also said that, Assam will conduct rapid testing for COVID-19 from April 22.

“Assam has received around 10,000 rapid testing kits from the ICMR and the state government is also in the process of procuring another 50,000 kits. We may require more,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.