Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (APLA) has decided to reactivate its COVID-19 Control Room at the assembly secretariat here to help the stranded people across the country amid the rising COVID-19 cases.

The decision to reactivate the APLA COVID-19 Control Room was taken following the instructions of Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, who during a virtual meeting with all the presiding officers of state assemblies on Monday had suggested setting up control rooms in state assemblies to help the stranded migrant labourers and students.

Arunachal legislative assembly speaker P D Sona who readily agreed with the suggestion said the APLA COVID-19 Control Room had done a remarkable job during the nationwide lockdown last year.

Later while interacting with the youths who turned up to volunteer for the cause, Sona appreciated them for their readiness to assist the state and exuded hope that the volunteers would this year too, work dedicatedly to help out the needy people.

“The surge in the number of coronavirus cases across the country is very serious and you have to be ready to tackle all kinds of situations,” the speaker told the volunteers while adding that the APLA COVID-19 Control Room would assist the State Covid Control Room in its fight against the pandemic.

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Sona also suggested the volunteers be patient while dealing with people in distress.

“Do not get frustrated while dealing with the people. Try to provide as much assistance as you can to the needy and seek the assistance of the State Control Room whenever required,” he said.

APLA secretary Kago Habung while appreciating the volunteers for turning up in large numbers for the cause assured to extend all possible help from his side.

“All possible and required assistance would be provided from the legislative assembly,” he said while extending his best wishes to the team.

Earlier, special secretary to speaker and control room nodal officer Pema Thongchi briefed Sona on the functioning of the control room.

He informed that more volunteers, including a few doctors, would also be joining the control room soon.

Thongchi said all the volunteers would be given the required training before they start dealing with the people.

Those in need can contact the landline numbers – 0360- 2214216, 2214238, or WhatsApp number 9485236624 for assistance. One can also write to aplacovid19controlroom@gmail.com for the required support.

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