A total of Rs 9.53 crore disbursed to stranded persons outside Nagaland Credit: Representational image

Kohima: A total of Rs 9.53 crore has so far been disbursed to 24,261 persons who are stranded outside the state of Nagaland. Principal home secretary Abhijit Sinha informed that the figure is inclusive of 18,829 working people, 5,214 students and 218 patients.

In April this year, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had announced the special package in the form of cash assistance to the distressed and stranded persons who are currently outside Nagaland because of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

The scale of cash assistance is Rs 20,000 for a patient, Rs 4,000 for a stranded professional or working person and Rs 3, 000 for a stranded student.

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The state government on May 13 announced that stranded persons who have registered on the ‘returnee declaration form’ of the official portal and “opt to stay back where they are currently” will be entitled to claim a one time financial assistance of Rs 10,000.

Sinha informed that out of a total of 18,255 citizens of the state who are stranded in different parts of the country and have filled up the returnees’ declaration form, 1,471 persons have voluntarily opted to stay back as of 4.30 pm on Thursday. These persons have filled up the required form on the portal iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in for availing the one-time assistance for Rs 10,000, Sinha informed.

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Meanwhile, Nagaland continues to remain a COVID-19 free state. ­­A total of 891 samples have been sent for testing from the state and 873 samples are tested negative. The results for the remaining 18 samples are awaited. In addition a total of 20 samples have been tested by Truenat machine and all are negative.

A total of 7,228 persons have been screened and a total of 348 persons are under facility quarantine.

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