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Police, frontline officials to come under insurance cover


GUWAHATI, April 6 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that in addition to the Rs 50 lakh insurance coverage announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the health sector workers, the Assam government would also bring the policemen and frontline officials of all other departments directly engaged in the fight against COVID-19 in the State under the insurance coverage.

Last evening, Sonowal reviewed the law and order situation in the State and took stock of the COVID-19 scenario in a meeting with top police officials at Assam Police headquarters here.

Stating that the Assam Police has played a very proactive role in ensuring the lockdown in the State, the Chief Minister appreciated the service rendered by the force in helping all other departments to maintain availability of essential commodities during this time of crisis. Assam Police has been able to win the trust and goodwill of the people with their exemplary service, he said.

In the meeting, DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta and other top officials of Assam Police apprised the Chief Minister about various steps being taken by the police department.

The Chief Minister was also apprised about various steps taken by the Assam Police to check misinformation and rumours on social media. Around 200 complaints had been registered by police against posting of provocative statements on social media, while 120 such objectionable posts had been removed.

The police officials also informed the Chief Minister that more than 1,500 quarantine facilities had been kept ready at 47 places with adequate number of medical professionals, besides 340 police nursing staff. Assam Police has also kept a stock of 50,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 30,000 masks, 2,000 N-95 masks, a huge quantity of bleaching powder and disinfectants, and 500 spray machines to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

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