The Assam government may soon allow a “one-time” within-state travel for people stuck in other districts to return home. A decision may be announced on April 21 depending on the situation, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Sarma, who visited Diphu Medical College and Hospital in Karbi Anglong on Friday to take stock of Covid-19 arrangements, said, “Many students from Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao are stranded in different parts of the state. We will allow one-time movement so that they can return to their hometown and for those who have to resume office in Guwahati. We will soon announce the day as the situation improves.”
“Many from one district of Assam are stuck in another district within the state. First, we are thinking of allowing them to reach their homes and those who have to resume office in Guwahati. But once they reach their destinations, they will not be allowed to travel more. We will come up with a proper plan shortly. But only if everything goes fine,” he said.
The next big challenge, he said, would be inflow of the “second wave” of people, currently stranded outside the state.
Estimated to be around 10-12 lakh, these people are eagerly waiting to return to their native places.
The helpline introduced by the state health department recently for its people stranded in other parts of the country has already registered calls from over 4 lakh families, Sarma said.