No relaxation of lockdown: Himanta

Update: 2010-09-15 00:00 GMT

GUWAHATI, March 31 - Dismissing public perception that there would be some relaxation of the lockdown from tomorrow, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said people will have to stay indoors till the end of the lockdown period � that is till April 14.

Yesterday�s State cabinet decisions, announcing some relief for poor families and relaxations to farmers and tea gardens, sparked speculations among the people. Social media was full of queries on the nature of the relaxations.

However, the Health Minister said �there was no question of any relaxation to the general public till the lockdown period is over. All will have to stay at their homes till April 14.�

Citing a notification from the Central government, Sarma said if any processing industry wants to resume operation, they will have to apply to the health department or the district authorities.

�The DCs will examine their request and also other parameters like if work could resume adhering to all health and hygiene precautions. Only on obtaining the clearance, the industries can operate. It does not mean that units can start operations from tomorrow,� the Minister clarified.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna has appealed to the people of Assam who are stranded in different states outside Assam to remain where they are during the lock down period.

�Necessary arrangement for food, accommodation and other amenities are being ensured in consultation with Government and local administration of the respective states,� he said.

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