Over 2 lakh people filled up form; after due verification of 1 lakh forms, Assam govt narrows down to 86,000 stranded people; gives them Rs 2,000 each amid COVID-19 lockdown
Guwahati: With a click of a button, the state government released a one-time ex gratia of Rs 2,000 each to 86,000 stranded people outside Assam on Monday afternoon.
Finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, under Assam Cares scheme, transferred the first phase of financial relief. He said that the state is also considering a second instalment of relief before the lockdown gets over. However, the amount is not yet finalised.
The state had received more than 9 lakh calls, of which it came down to 4.32 lakh unique calls. Of these, more than 2 lakh people had filled up the requisite form with the help of a team of volunteers.
After due verification of 1 lakh forms and rejection of a few, it was narrowed down to 86,000 people.
Sarma added that the biggest asset that the state has acquired now is the data with which it knows that if and when these people return to Assam after the lockdown is lifted, the state will know which station they'll get down at, their home address, and so on. This in turn will help in the medical scanning of these people upon their return without much hassle.