This was the first installment of the financial aid for Assamese people stranded in other states owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, said Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma interacting with discharged Covid-19 patients on April 19 (Photo Credits: PTI)

Assam government on Monday deposited Rs 2000 each in the bank accounts of 86,000 people from the state (mostly migrant workers), who are stranded in other states due to ongoing nationwide lockdown.

This is the first set of financial assistance under Assam Cares to the people of Assam stranded outside of the state.
Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said over 4.32 lakh people from Assam are stranded outside of the state due to the lockdown and the government has decided to provide financial assistance to those people.

“Today, we have deposited Rs 2,000 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 added that this is the first installment and the second installment will be released before the lockdown is lifted.

The health minister also said Assam will start conduct rapid tests 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 a process of procuring another 50,000 kits. We may require more,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

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