Assam government makes institutional quarantine mandatory for all returnees:

Guwahati, May 26: Assam government has made institutional quarantine mandatory for all returnees to the state.

Assam cabinet on Tuesday decided that, the stranded people who are returning to the state following the easing of the nationwide lockdown restrictions will have to go institutional quarantine and it is mandatory for all returnees.

In the cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has decided to enforce the guidelines of quarantine norms stringently.

Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that, because of the reported spike of positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, the cabinet decided that, people coming from outside will be sent for institutional quarantine and no home quarantine will be allowed.

“The cabinet also decided to disburse Rs 2000 each to all the 3.61 lakh people of Assam stranded outside under ‘Assam Care’ every month from April to June, 2020. The cabinet decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 2000 per month from April to June to Dhulia Naam, Nagra Naam, Band party, Oja Pali, and other folk artists of the state,” Chandra Mohan Patowary said.

The Assam minister also said that, 1176 bigha of land have been allocated to Bhoroliporia Kanyan Multi-sectoral farm of Jamugurihaat, Sonitpur district.

“All district Deputy Commissioners have been asked for ensuring stock of adequate relief materials and repair of embankments. Ministers in charge of different districts for the supervision of COVID-19, have been given the charge to oversee management and relief of flood in respective districts,” Chandra Mohan Patowary said.

Assam has registered 597 positive cases for COVID-19 so far.