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Assam government expresses its stand on returnees to the state

The health minister said, “Eight flights are expected on Monday. From May 28 flight from West Bengal will come so in next four days daily we will be getting 32 flights.”

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: May 25, 2020, 08.00 PM IST
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There were 55 flights scheduled for Northeast India out of which only 10 arrived, eight in Guwahati and two in Imphal airport.
GUWAHATI: As flight service resumed on Monday, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that state government wants those willing to come to state must come by June 10 and after necessary quarantine, the chapter must be closed by June 30 so that state can prepare for the floods.

Sarma said that on Monday around 600 to 700 passengers are expected to arrive however this will increase by 1000 from Tuesday. “Due to Cyclone Amphan around 8000 people bound for Assam are stranded in different places of India and within this week this people will come. Several people are expected in next seven days. Health authorities in coordination with other departments are working for testing and quarantine facilities. We will able to deal with increase in the number of inbound people.”

The health minister said, “Eight flights are expected on Monday. From May 28 flight from West Bengal will come so in next four days daily we will be getting 32 flights.”

Sarma said, “We want the people should come and chapter should be closed as early as possible because you go on lingering things will linger, we will have floods. From Assam’s point of view we want before June 10 let the people whoever wants to come. Than we have 14 days (quarantine) and by 30th June we will able to close this chapter. In July we have floods. We do not want to do any rationing, if carrier wants to bring more people let them bring however with prior information.”

Sarma said that challenges are there and state has prepared itself to deal with the challenge.

There were 55 flights scheduled for Northeast India out of which only 10 arrived, eight in Guwahati and two in Imphal airport.

First wave of flood as already hit Assam. Annually Assam receives several waves of floods resulting in loss of lives, farmland and causing extensive losses to economy.

This year floods have received heightened importance for state is reeling under COVID-19 pandemic. Already there are 514 cases of COVID-19 in Assam.
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