Arunachal Cabinet makes quarantine mandatory for all returnees
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has decided to make institutional quarantine compulsory for all, even asymptomatic persons, informed home minister Bamang Felix at a press conference in Itanagar on Saturday.
Felix also said that "RT-PCR testing is also made mandatory for the people coming from outside. This includes the asymptomatic person too."
These decisions were taken in a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of the chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday.
"On account of certain bottlenecks being faced in the quarantine facility established at PTC, the Hon’ble Cabinet has decided to appoint the Papumpare Deputy Commisioner Shri Pige Ligu as the Incharge of PTC Quarantine Centre. He shall be stationed at Banderdewa to overlook the entire arrangements," Felix said.
"In order to further strengthen institutional quarantine facilities in the Capital region, the Cabinet resolved that the BPL Housing Complex, in Lekhi will be converted into a state quarantine facility within a period of 10 days. It has 590 independent vacant units with separate toilet and bathroom facilities in each units. Minister Education have been entrusted to oversee the implementation of the cabinet decision. Water supply, electricity and such other basic necessity would be covered under the fund," said Felix.
"The deputy commissioner of Capital Region will identify and increase the number of paid quarantine facilities in the capital region. Further, all arrangements with regards to hygiene, security and wellbeing of persons quarantined in such paid quarantine facilities would be supervised and regulated by DC and SP capital region, " said Felix.
Felix announced that the evacuation of stranded persons in Northeast region back to Arunachal Pradesh should be completed by May 14.
He said that Hollongi check-gate will be used for movement of goods vehicles carrying essential supplies for capital region where as the Banderdewa check gate will be used for movement of FCI vehicles, refrigerated vans and police assisted inter district convoy movements.
Gumto check-gate will be used for movement of goods vehicles carrying essential items for all districts connected to the capital region in the immediate western and eastern axis, he said.
Hollongi, Banderdewa and Gumto will be supervised by CEO cum ADM Capital Region, DC capital region and SP, Papumpare respectively.
"Government had recently constituted a high level check gate quarantine facilities management committees headed by Hon’ble Ministers with MLAs as members to monitor overall working of the 12 designated entry check-gates to Arunachal Pradesh and the check-gates quarantine facilities developed there," Felix said.
The cabinet has decided to segregate returnees on the basis of green, orange and red zones and make arrangements accordingly, said the home minister.
Felix also said that "those sneaking inside the state from non-designated routes, not following the SoPs and not informing the administration shall be strictly dealt as per the laid down rule of the law".
The home minister said, "Regarding train services – a decision would be taken after the end of lockdown 3.0, that is, after May 17.”