Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Monday started the distribution of financial assistance to 1,617 people stranded in different parts of the country. The financial assistance given is Rs 3,000 each, which will be provided under the Chief Minister’s Special Grant.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma in his daily COVID bulletin informed that for the process of financial assistance the people have been categorised into workers, students, professionals and others.
“We have selected the workers group first and as we speak the money for supporting them, an amount of Rs 3,000 is being given to 1,617 people stranded in different parts of the country. The process will continue and other categories will ultimately be given financial assistance,” said Sangma.
Meanwhile, the updates on COVID-19 in Meghalaya, as per Monday’s bulletin are as follows:
Total samples collected: 838
Total number of cases tested negative: 714
Results awaiting: 113
People screened till April 20: 24,382
People under home quarantine: 4,479
People in quarantine centres: 261
Total number of PPEs: 44,403 (target: 50,000)
Rapid test kits: 7,500 (target: 20,000)
According to Sangma, the 10 active cases are in stable condition and are under quarantine.
Sangma addressed the concerns raised by several people concerning the ambulances not in good condition. “We are very aware of it and that is the reason we decided upon giving the money of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for procurement of 25 ambulances,” said Sangma.
He further informed that the drivers delivering the essentials are being screened and tested. The trucks entering the state are also being disinfected. The delay in transportation of products is also caused because of the disinfecting process that needs to be carried out.
Sangma further urged the locality headmen, parents and elders in the house to stop children from going out and playing. He added that in this, the norms of social distancing are not being followed.
“I would request since the virus is such that we’ve seen throughout the world effects the elderly more and therefore I would urge if the senior citizens if they could refrain from going out as far as possible,” said Sangma.
Sangma informed that the government is working on getting the notification and information regarding COVID and government programmes in different languages like Khasi, Garo and Hindi. The government has also taken medical professionals on board to give medical advice in different languages.
On body management protocol, Sangma said, “We have prepared the body management protocol. It has already been circulated to the DCs for necessary intervention at their level.”
On concerns regarding labourers from other states stranded in Meghalaya, Sangma clarified that daily wage-earners, who are stranded in the state, are being taken care of by the state government through the respective DCs of the districts.
“It is very clear that every state government in every part of the country is supposed to take care of all migrant labourers. Like it is followed in other states, Meghalaya government has been supporting and taking care, providing food and shelter to all migrant daily wage earners from different parts of the country stranded in our state,” said Sangma.