Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma  Credit: File image

Guwahati: Launching a helpline number 9615471547, Assam government on Monday announced to provide financial aid to people stuck outside the state during the ongoing nationwide lockdown due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during a press meet in Guwahati on Monday said students and working people from low-income families, and people who got stuck while on short trips will be aided. The amount of assistance will be decided on the basis of the number of calls received.

He said that the stranded people can give a missed call to the helpline number, after which they will a get voice mail and an SMS giving a link to a website where they can update their details and bank information.

And for those who do not own a smartphone or do not have internet literacy, a team of 400 volunteers from Gauhati University, Assam Engineering College and Cotton College will assist these people in filling the details. These volunteers will call back all those who do not fill out their details in 24 hours after receiving the link.

He, however, warned people to beware of any kind of fraud as these volunteers will only ask for bank account number and IFSC code, not OTP or passwords.

The DC will verify and accordingly we will give them aid, said the minister.

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