GUWAHATI, June 2 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today appreciated the role played by various departments of the State government in safely bringing back to Assam 2.29 lakh people who were stranded at various places of the country due to the lockdown.
He said that due to the untiring efforts of the officials of departments like health, police, transport, etc., in providing round-the-clock service and team spirit among the departments, the State government has been able to perform the humongous task of bringing such a large number of people back home without any hiccup.
Sonowal was interacting with the media after he reviewed the transportation status of the State�s people carried out by the departments at the COVID-19 War Room set up at the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) office in the city.
At the meeting, the Chief Minister said that COVID-19 had also shown the strength of the State in managing and overcoming a challenge posed by the deadly virus, adding that it was a unique situation as nobody faced such a problem in their lifetimes.
Chief Minister Sonowal was apprised of the steps taken by the State government to send the people of all other northeastern states by buses after their arrival in Guwahati by various modes for their onward journey to their home states.
The Chief Minister also directed the police and transport departments to document this gigantic exercise of bringing stranded people back and make a short film on it so that future administrators can take inspiration for fighting challenges.
Chief Minister Sonowal also launched a digital portal named �Sudakhya� of ASDM and said that this portal would be a big help in identifying skill sets of returning people and finding employment opportunities for them.