Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal addressing media persons in Guwahati on Friday Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: In a significant development, Assam government has written to the Centre to extend the ongoing lockdown by two more weeks starting from May 18.

Announcing this, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while addressing media persons on Friday, said that he has written to the Centre about their decision on the extension of the lockdown. All states of the country were supposed to share their views on the extension of the ongoing lockdown with the Centre.

The government of Assam has also written to the Centre about the relaxations it want during the fourth phase of the lockdown. The state government has also sought a financial package from the Centre to tide over the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic.

“During the video conference, we apprised the PM about steps taken to fight the pandemic and revive the economy. We also sought financial support from the Centre,” he said.

During his last video conference with chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought suggestions regarding the lockdown and the states were asked to submit written proposals by May 15.



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