GUWAHATI, April 22 - Assam government has decided to allow inter-district movement of certain categories of people on April 25, 26 and 27, but they will have to follow the Central government guidelines and get prior approval from the respective Deputy Commissioners.
Elaborating on the guidelines for the relaxation, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said as medical colleges and hospitals will open from April 24, the government will allow inter-district movement of patients.
�This relaxation to patients will continue till lockdown. But they will have to get the approvals from the DCs. The e-passes will be issued for round trips and the patient must be in the vehicle,� Sarma said.
During those three days, people stranded in other districts can move to their home district or to their work places in their vehicles. However, that also will require prior permission from the DCs who will issue a pass which will be valid for a day. �The DCs may regulate the movement on the three days,� he said.
The government will also allow inter-district movement of migrant workers on those three days.
�Some workers are stranded in different districts and may want to move to their homes, while some may want to move to their workplaces. The employers can transport the workers in their vehicles, following permission from the DCs. Also, during the movement, they will have to follow the Central government guidelines,� Sarma said, adding that not more than 25 people will be allowed in one vehicle.
The ASTC will run buses on certain routes on those days to enable stranded people, including students, to move to their places of residence or work.
�Anyone wanting to avail the ASTC service will have to dial 104. ASTC will intimate them about the date of journey and how they will be transported. We may not be able to cater to all, but we will give priority to elders, women and students,� Sarma said.
The Health Minister said the relaxation should not be interpreted as a �blanket permission� and all movements will require DCs approval.