GUWAHATI, April 2 - With thousands of people from Assam stranded in other states on account of the ongoing nationwide lockdown, the General Administration Department of (GAD) of the State government has launched initiatives to assist such people in various ways.
Dr M Angamuthu, Commissioner & Secretary of GAD told The Assam Tribune that till March 31 the department has provided necessary assistance to around 200 people from Assam who are on transit or staying in Andhra Pradesh, 50 in Bihar, 134 in Delhi, 850 in Karnataka, 363 in Kerala, 1,670 in Maharashtra, 146 in Meghalaya, 86 in Rajasthan, 1,226 in Tamil Nadu, 550 in West Bengal and 150 in other states.
�GAD, on the directions of the Chief Minister, has been rendering constant assistance to citizens of Assam stranded in various states across India in coordination with the Assam Houses and Assam Bhawans and the respective state or district administrations. We have launched a slew of initiatives to assist people from Assam who are working or are in transit or staying in other places for various reasons like medical treatment, studies, were on pilgrimage, as tourists and for work and are stuck at respective locations,� said Dr Angamuthu.
He added that a team has been formed at GAD to liaise with the Assam Houses, Assam Bhawans and the district administrations of the states concerned to provide necessary support to those people from Assam who need assistance with regard to food, accommodation, medical support, transportation and other help.
Nodal officers have been drawn from the Assam Bhawans and Assam Houses in New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Shillong to liaise, coordinate and help the stranded people and they are working in close coordination with the local authorities for preparedness and undertaking response measures.
�A data centre has been constituted in my office at Janata Bhawan here to ensure constant, consistent and credible communication with the Assam Bhawans and Assam Houses. We are working to continue to provide unstinted support to the cancer patients of Assam who are in Mumbai for medical treatment. Best available medical support in Chennai and Vellore has also been arranged,� Dr Angamuthu said.
He added that several persons who have been affected by the lockdown have been provided accommodation at various Assam Houses and Assam Bhawans.