Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on April 18 called his counterparts in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan and Karnataka over phone and requested them for the ‘safekeeping’ of the people of Assam stranded in their respective states amid COVID-19 lockdown.
Sonowal, while talking to these chief ministers, conveyed his request to take care of the people of Assam stranded in their states and provide them with food, accommodation and security.
He said, “I will be grateful to you if you please direct your respective district administrations for the safekeeping of the people of Assam who for sake of their professional, academic, medical and other requirements got stranded in your respective states.”
Sonowal also maintained that though the Assam government is working to give a succor to its people stranded in several parts of the country, without the support of the local dispensations, the government cannot provide solace to its people.
He also informed that the Assam government has also sent letters to different state governments requesting them to help the stranded people of Assam.
Sonowal also told them that in Assam the entire government machinery have been alerted to provide ‘safekeeping’ including food, accommodation and security to people from other states of the country who are stuck in Assam in view of COVID-19 lockdown.
He also added that the Assam government has already received letters from other state governments to help the people of their states in Assam.
Chief Minister Sonowal also apprised them of the prevailing situation in Assam especially in view of Coronavirus outbreak and the steps that the state government has taken in terms of real-time medical intervention and infrastructural upgradation for the management of COVID-19 outbreak.