Shillong: Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday advised people to replace meat with vegetables to survive the lockdown.

Tynsong said this while responding to a query over whether the government would provide financial assistance to the daily wage earners. “It is not only the poor who has problems. It is both the rich and the poor. I think life is more important than anything else. Instead of having meat every day, take vegetables with rice. Right now, we have to ensure we survive. So be it myself, being the deputy chief minister, or anybody else, let us work on those lines,” he added.

“Last year, we had provided financial assistance of Rs 2,200 to about 2 lakh people,” mentioned Tynsong.

He added the Meghalaya government had allowed various activities so that people could sell their goods. Providing financial aid was not such a simple process, Tynsong said.

Meanwhile, the streets of Shillong remained deserted after a total curfew was imposed on May 19. The current lockdown will continue till May 31.

East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo on May 19 issued a notification which mentioned that given the continuous sharp spike in COVID -19 cases in Shillong and East Khasi Hills District in general, it is deemed necessary to restrict movement as much as possible within the district.

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