BONGAIGAON, June 16 - Most of the families and persons who had completed quarantine period at the institutions and at their homes have been allegedly deprived of getting financial and other aids granted by the government in Bongaigaon district.
Sankar Barman (30), a resident of Kholabandha in Dhaligaon Gangaon Panchayat area in the district, had returned from Kerala on March 20. He had spent 28-day home quarantine along with his wife and son. During the quarantine period, Sankar did not receive any relief from the government and he has also not received Rs 2,000 as financial aid from the administration till date.
Families or persons having no ration cards got Rs 1,000 as cash, one kilogram of pulses and five kilogram of rice for free per member of a family.
But Sankar, who was doing manual work and earned Rs 500 daily in Kerala and has no ration card, is yet to get the free ration and the money from the government.
�I venture out daily in search of work but it has become hard for me to get jobs easily. So, I am living in penury these days,� Sankar said.
Nabin Barman (21), a resident of the same village, had also shared the same ordeal. He and Sankar had reached Kholabandha on the same day. He lives with his mother. Barman also did not receive any government aid during and after the quarantine period.
Besides Sankar and Nabin, many such families in the district are facing a hard time due to alleged poor monitoring by the administration and negligence of some field-level officials.
Assam Panchayat and Rural Department Minister Naba Kumar Doley had announced to provide works to the returnees under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) but the announcement has not been implemented in the district yet.
�We have not received instruction from the government on new MGNREGS works and about the engagement of the returnees, who are now jobless,� said Dhaligaon Gaon Panchayat president Makhan Ghose.