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Arunachal Pradesh government on April 30 announced that it will bring back its citizens who are stranded due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Government of Arunachal Pradesh is making arrangements to bring back its stranded citizens, including students, who are stranded in other parts of the country and who wish to return to the state,” a public notice issued by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar read.

As per the notice, in the first phase, the government is planning to make arrangements for bringing back those stranded in the Northeast states in consultation with the respective state governments.

“We will permit all such movement into the state with effect from May 5. Those who intend to return to the state may kindly fill up the online form before May 2 midnight. The link is Those who don’t have internet access may call Helpline No 0360 2292774 / 2292775 / 2292777 (Toll Free No. 104/1075) any day till 10 pm of May 2. Online registration is mandatory by those stranded, so as to enable the government to make necessary arrangements,” the notice read further.

According to the notice, those availing the services will need to pay for the transport charges to the transporters.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a tweet wrote,” Ghar Wapas Phase One: I request those Arunachali’s stranded in Northeast to fill up the e-form & submit. Please note everyone will be kept under strict institutional quarantine for 14 days and thereafter further 14 days under vigilante home quarantine.”

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