Around 10,000 to 11,000 applicants will receive financial aid in two to three days, says Manipur CM N Biren Singh Credit: File image

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday informed that as many as 3,771 stranded people outside the state due to nationwide lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic have received financial assistance of Rs 2,000 each from the state government.

The amount was transferred directly to the beneficiaries’ accounts after verifying the details of the applicants.

Similarly, the state will also reach out and offer monetary assistance to the remaining 10,000 to 11,000 people from the state stranded in various parts of the country due to lockdown within a couple of days, the chief minister tweeted.

Since the launch of a website last month with an aim to help stranded citizens, more than 17,000 people, both students and working professionals, from the state staying in metro cities have registered and sought monetary assistance from the state government.

Developed by CubeTen, a private firm IT firm, in coordination with IT department, the website was created categorically to reach out to and address grievances of those people from the state stranded in other parts of the country.

On the other hand, many applicants have also urged the state government for a smooth login since users often faced difficulties to register themselves in the website.

On Thursday, CM Biren also reached out to senior citizens living at various old-age homes at Kongba and Mongsangei in Imphal and offered aid, including medical supplies and ration items.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh offering hand sanitisers to senior citizens on Thursday 

“It is our bounden duty to look after them since the elderly citizens are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Please take care of the elderly at your homes,” Singh said.

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