Lockdown | Assam Govt Pays Rs. 2,000 Each To Stranded People


The Assam government on Monday deposited Rs 2,000 each under a “special scheme” to the accounts of 86,000 people from the State, who are stranded across India due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the decision to provide financial support to those stuck at various places was taken by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during a review meeting on Sunday.

“This is the first installment of financial support to the needy people from Assam who are stranded outside. The second installment will be released before the lockdown is lifted,” Mr. Sarma said.

He, however, said the amount for the second tranche has not been decided yet.

“In the first phase, we identified 99,758 people eligible to get this assistance. The rest will get the money within the next few days,” said Mr. Sarma, who is also the State’s Health and Family Welfare Minister.

He said the “special scheme” was launched through an IT-enabled system, and 4,29,851 people had contacted the State government officials via the Central server in Guwahati.

“After final verification of the names and bank details, 99,758 persons were found to be eligible,” he added. Mr. Sarma said this initiative has also helped create a database of the workers and laborers from Assam employed in other States, with Karnataka recording the largest number at 68,000.

“Now, when they arrive in Assam after the lockdown is lifted, we will be able to track them easily. Accordingly, the DCs and SPs will make arrangements for quarantine,” the Minister said.

Mr. Sarma said the State government has already deposited ₹25,000 each to families of 647 people from Assam, who are suffering from various ailments and undergoing treatment outside the State after getting stranded due to the curbs.

“We aim to provide this assistance to 725 patients currently outside the State,” he said.

The Assam government has already provided the first installment of USD 1,000 each to 230 people from the State stuck abroad, out of the declared amount of USD 2,000, Mr. Sarma said.

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