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25 May, 2020, 11:02 PM IST

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  • Earlier today, a​ high-level meeting to discuss various issues related to the movement of people of the state stranded at different places across the country and the policy to be adopted for facilitating their return to the state was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

    At least 50 students from Dadra and Nagar Haveli and six from Diu had left Kota in three buses on Thursday noon, while students from Bundi, Jhalawar and Baran in Rajasthan wre dispatched in 10 buses on Thursday night, he added. Nearly 1,000 students from Haryana left for home on Friday morning and about 400 students from Assam have started the journey towards their home state.

    He directed this while reviewing ongoing measures and future steps to deal with CODIV-19 pandemic through video conference at Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati today.

    He also said that the Environment & Forests Minister during his visit to the area will conduct a field study of the present condition of the Wildlife Sanctuary and apprise the Government for the needful.

    Replying to a tweet, Sarma said: “There is no question of confirmation or non-confirmation. It is the decision of students to come on their own risk and also volunteered to follow quarantine rule of government. We are only concern about your well-being.”

    Sarma said, “The Markaz happened in on March 12 and it is now 40 days so there is nothing to suggest such can exist for 40 days.” Sarma said, “Even the cases which we got were from the quarantine facility. Assam is a success story for there is no case of COVID-19 positive from anyone residing in a community. The recovery rates in Assam so far is 77 per cent which is quite good.”

    Curfew was relaxed in Shillong on Thursday after violence broke out between tribal and non-tribal groups. The 200 labourers, who had taken refuge in the forest returned and mobile services were restored in some parts.

    In a communication to all States and Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the home ministry allowed movement of such stranded persons, who had moved from their native places or workplaces, just before the lockdown period, but could not return to their native places or workplaces on account of restrictions placed on movement of persons.

    Justice B. K. Sarma, former Judge and Chairman of High Level Committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord, earlier stated that no team or member including the Chairman of the HLC had ever visited New Delhi after February 10 for the purpose of apprising or handing over the report to the MHA.

    The lockdown came close in heels at a time when the industry was gearing to begin the season after the closing of manufacture mandated by the Tea Board. The lockdown which was effective till 31st march was further extended to 14th of April 2020, ” Tea Association of India said in a statement.

    In the consolidated guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, no relaxation has been given to liquor manufacturing or retail sales, which was allowed in Assam from Monday by the state Excise Department. The department issued an order this evening asking all deputy commissioners to close liquor shops, wholesale warehouses, bottling plants, distilleries and breweries indefinitely.

    The Union Ministry of Home Affairs notification, in a notification late last night, facilitated the easing of lockdown with some riders. In rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls, were allowed to open. In urban areas, all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops & shops in residential complexes are allowed to open.

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