Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Credit: File image

Imphal: Manipur government has taken up concerted steps to address grievances faced by stranded people outside the state. Extending financial aid to them is among the various initiatives being offered by the state government to contain the COVID-19 crisis.

On Thursday, chief minister N Biren Singh informed that as many as 35,357 stranded people, including students and working professionals, who are in dire need of assistance due to COVID-19 lockdown, have received Rs 2,000 each from the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

As on April 30, a total amount of nearly Rs 11.33 crore has been donated towards CM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, out of which a total amount of Rs 7.07 crore has already been deposited to the beneficiaries’ accounts, CM Biren said on his Facebook page.

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

Appreciating the generous donors, Singh then urged the people to continue to contribute towards the fund for helping those distress citizens meet their day-to-day expenses.

So far, people from various walks of life, ranging from lawmakers to individuals and clubs, have come forward and generously donated to the fund in order to execute the outreach programme towards the distressed citizens with ease.

Last month, the state government had also launched a website with an aim to reach out and address the grievances faced by stranded people from the state during the nationwide lockdown.

Since the website was launched, at least 20,000 people from the state staying in metropolitan cities have registered and sought monetary assistance from the state.

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