Guwahati: The Assam government has received over 9.29 lakh phone calls in the recently launched helpline number for students and working persons from lower-income families who are stuck outside the state due to the nationwide lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing a media briefing, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that with the help of telecom companies, it has been found that more than 4.32 lakh calls are actually from outside the state.
Of these, 2,17,220 people have filled up the requisite forms to avail of the assistance, and due verification process is on for them, said Sarma.
Earlier, during a press meet, the minister launched helpline number 9615471547 for providing financial aid to people stuck outside the state. The amount for the same has not yet been decided.
Giving a breakup of the calls, he said that it was observed that among the Assamese people who live outside, most residents were in Karnataka, followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In regards to the most number of calls, district wise, the highest number is from Nagaon.
The minister highlighted that if over 4 lakh people were to come back to Assam, then the second wave of COVID-19 will be very likely, and to avoid this, a plan needs to be chalked out to increase the medical provisions and quarantine facilities.