Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma|File image

Assam to adopt ‘ruthless quarantine with a human heart’ approach

Assam discontinues payment-based quarantine facility, to bear all expenses for quarantined people amid COVID-19, informs health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Simran Bajaj

Simran Bajaj

Guwahati: Assam has implemented a new policy for those returning to the state, that is, 'ruthless quarantine with a human heart’, to ensure that COVID-19 cases are under control. Further, the state has discontinued all payment-based quarantine facility, and will bear the expenses for quarantined people of the state, informed health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, the minister emphasised that no person will be allowed to skip quarantine, and if any returnee tests negative while staying in facility quarantine for seven days, then the respective DC can take a call on allowing them to complete the remaining seven days of quarantine from home.

Sarma informed that for the first seven days at the facility quarantine, government will spend Rs 2,000 per day on lodging, which totals to Rs 14,000 for seven days; Rs 500 on fooding per day, which totals to Rs 3,500, and Rs 500 as a one-time allowance which brings the sum total of seven days at facility quarantine to Rs 18,000. When the returnee goes home to complete the seven remaining days of quarantine, state will pay another Rs 2000, which brings the total of 14 days’ quarantine to Rs 20,000.

He cautioned that if any person is found jumping quarantine, then criminal case will be filed against them.

The minister also informed that till date, 25,693 people have returned to the state via land, and 11,724 have returned by rail. In total, more than 37,000 people have returned to Assam.

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