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1,220 migrant labourers stranded in greater Guwahati

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 18 - As many as 1,220 migrant labourers from different parts of the country remain stranded in Guwahati amid the nationwide lockdown, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Sharmistha Borah here on Saturday.

Out of them, 47 persons are stranded in Chandrapur revenue circle, 86 in Dispur revenue circle, 18 in Sonapur revenue circle, 861 in Guwahati revenue circle and 208 in Azara revenue circle.

In Guwahati revenue circle, 800 migrant labourers of Guwahati Refinery remain stranded in Sector-2 area and all of them hail from Bihar. Another 61 labourers are stranded in Bhangagarh and Athgaon areas.

In Azara, the stranded labourers include labourers of Azara Railway Station, real estate labourers working in Pamohi area and workers engaged in the cargo section of the LGBI Airport. The labourers who are stranded in Chandrapur and Sonapur revenue circles were engaged by railway contractors.

ADC Borah informed that the district administration is trying to make arrangements to provide food and shelter to all the stranded labourers. In this connection more than 28 NGOs are also working in collaboration with the district administration.

The district administration is also providing food and lodging facilities to people who remain stranded amid the lockdown in different parts of the city. According to Borah, till date around 181 such persons have availed shelter in some dharamsalas and guest houses. Again, around 100 persons, including beggars and homeless persons, were sent to four night shelter homes.

�Medical screening of every person who got shelter and food from our side has been carried out by the medical team. We have also been providing free ration to many students who remain stranded in various private hostels and guest houses. The highest number of stranded students are from Tripura, followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Sikkim,� she added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with assistance from the Kamrup (Metro) district administration, is going to provide Rs 1,500 to every transgender residing in the city.

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