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Shillong, April 30:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has informed that the Government is exploring the option of bringing back those people who are stranded outside the State by way of special trains and flights.
"There are discussions of special trains and flights for bringing back those who are stranded in various parts of the country. We will have to wait and see if such arrangements can be made," Sangma told reporters here today.
Pointing out the Government is concerned about those who are stranded outside, he said that there is also a concern about the logistics as well as the health concerns that are attached to their movements especially from the red zone districts and States across the country.
"Therefore, this matter has to be dealt with carefully. We are examining all the options which are available. We hope things will materialise soon," Meghalaya Chief Minister said.
He said that the Government understands that people who are studying and working outside are facing lots of difficulties and challenges.
"I know it is not easy for you. We are doing our best to be able to take care of the entire situation and to ensure that the State and our people are protected. We don't want to take any health risk in the State. We need to follow this kind of system and protocols. We know it is an inconvenience for you," Sangma said.
To a question if the Government is looking at the option of going for mass quarantine of those who are stranded outside the State, he said that from the medical perspective it will not be proper to go for mass quarantine since it's difficult to ascertain who is infected and who is not.
"It is always safe to follow home quarantine. Only if we see people with symptoms then we will put them in the isolation wards or corona centres. We will allow those who are asymptomatic to go home. But all the family members of the individuals will have to do home quarantine for 14 days. Home quarantine is the best option since the number is too big for the government to provide isolation to everyone," Meghalaya Chief Minister added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that there are not less than 2300 or 2400 people from the State who are stranded in various parts of North Eastern region.
"We have asked them to register so that we can have the exact figures of how many of them want to come back. We will start the process immediately once we have the final list of the people who are keen to return home," Tynsong told reporters today.