Assam govt mulls to evacuate 859 patients stranded outside the state amid COVID-19 lockdown

Assam govt mulls to evacuate 859 patients stranded outside the state amid COVID-19 lockdown

Guwahati | April 30,2020:

Assam government is mulling to evacuate 859 patients from the state who went outside for treatment and are now stranded due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Assam health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed on Wednesday that the state government is consulting with the union civil aviation ministry and various airlines to try and bring back the patients by flight.

"Most of these patients have already completed their treatment and have expressed desire to return to the state. But since they are not fully recovered, it won't be possible to bring them back by road," he said.

At this moment it seems we will not be able to do it before May 3, but our efforts are on," Sarma said.

Most of these 859 patients are stranded in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Vellore. The state government has already provided them Rs 25,000 each as financial aid.

Sarma informed that plans are also underway to bring back people from the state now stranded in Uttar Pradesh and other northeastern states.

Till Wednesday, nearly 49,000 persons have used their own vehicles to avail this benefit while more than 20,000 others have been transported free of cost by 1274 buses belonging to Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC).

Earlier the Assam government has facilitated 391 students who were studying in various institutes in Kota were brought back in 17 buses covering a distance of nearly 2,000 km.

It is to be mentioned that the Assam government has allowed inter-district movement of people stranded across Assam till May 2.

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