Shillong: In a partial relief for residents of Meghalaya, the state government has decided to allow farmers to resume sowing activities; MGNREGA workers will also be allowed to resume work in their respective villages.
The Meghalaya Cabinet discussed at length on Monday concerning the partial relief that can be taken during the COVID-19 crisis.
However, the Cabinet decided that the schools in the state will remain closed till April 30.
Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that since this month is the sowing period in rural areas, farmers can start sowing activities immediately but protocol has to be maintained as prescribed from time to time by the health department.
MGNREGA workers have also been allowed to resume their activities in their respective villages. Over Rs 534 crore has been sanctioned and released to respective BDOs for payment of wages and clearing of material bills.
The Cabinet also decided that from April 15, construction work like road and other developmental programmes sanctioned by the government will be allowed to re-start.
Weekly markets in rural areas will also be allowed to open but strict protocols to be followed. Private transportation will also be allowed to ply from April 15, government employees will also need to resume work by that date, the Cabinet decided.
The Cabinet also decided to extend financial help to daily-wage earners, labourers or petty traders out of work due to COVID-19 lockdown. Rs 700 per week will be transferred to those eligible wherein the amount will be transferred to the beneficiaries’ accounts. The scheme will be known as Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss Scheme and the amount will be given under it.
Tynsong said, “The Cabinet has discussed about the fate of students or citizens from the state staying all over India. Up to 2,192 people, which include students as well as residents working in all over India, wanted to come back to the state but after thorough discussion for the safety of the state, we would request those concerned to kindly stay back in their respective places at least till end of this month.”