Lunch served at the Corona Care Centres in Meghalaya

Shillong: The Meghalaya government has decided that effective October 16, the food provided at the Corona Care Centres will have to be paid for by the patients.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to work out the rate to be charged per person per day.

However, lodging will not be charged, and the BPL sector will be exempted from payment.

Tynsong also informed that if the patients want to bring food from home, they can do so. Home-cooked food has been encouraged.

He added that since July Indian the Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had withdrawn the assistance subsidising the testing kits and now all states have to pay for the testing kits or facilities. He added that there is assistance from the central government.

“Despite all this Meghalaya till today kept giving free services. We will continue to do so till October 15 but come October 16 food and testing for COVID-19 will be chargeable,” said Tynsong.

The government has also initiated paid isolation facilities. Hotel and guest house owners who are willing to convert their premises into Corona Care Centres can do so by informing their respective district administration.

Tynsong informed that they have entrusted the DCs to convene meeting with hotel and guesthouse owners. Once the list is submitted, the government will issue a notification with the name of these places.

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