From Our Kokrajhar Bureau
Kokrajhar (Assam),April 22: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday directed Chirang district administration to take necessary measures to extend all possible help to the poor and the needy who are worst affected due to the ongoing nationwide 2.0 lockdown across the state .
CM Sonowal visited Chirang today and reviewed the ongoing situation in the district. He also held a meeting at DC’s conference hall at Kajalgaon with all departmental heads and also attended by local MLA Kamalsingh Narzary, BTC Principal Secretary Robinson Mashahary, DIG, BTC, Violet Baruah, IGP, BTC, Anurag Agarwal and other top officials.
Later, talking to media persons, Sonowal said the people of Assam had been strictly following the guidelines of the centre to remain indoors during the ongoing lockdown . He said social distancing is the only way to prevent the dreaded virus and people must ensure that it is followed as no medicine has been found till date which can cure the dreaded virus.
“Many students, labourers and patients are stranded in different cities of the country and I have already talked to counterparts of the different states to ensure safety and providing food”, he said adding that the state government has provided financial aid to 86,000 stranded people of Assam and over 400 cancer patients.
He also said that the state government will take all necessary measures to bring them back to state and provide them jobs in different sectors. The Chief Minister said the state has given some relaxation to farmers, tea garden labourers and some essential sectors but with no compromise on social distancing. He also said the doctors and para -medical staff are dedicating their lives to fight the deadly disease and have been successful in curing many patients .
He called upon all to come forward and fight together against the dreaded pandemic.
CM Sonowal asked the Food and Civil Supplies department to ensure that sufficient stock of food items are available .He also asked the agricultural department to emphasize on data collection on agriculture products and to extend support to the genuine farmers. He further asked Veterinary and Animal Husbandry to ensure livelihood through livestock’s.
When asked if prices of essential commodities will go up due to hike in prices of petrol and diesel, Sonowal said his government has ensured the people of the state that there would not be any hike in prices of essential commodities especially during the lockdown period.
Meanwhile, members of Bongaigaon branch of indian medical association(IMA) handed over a cheque of Rs.1.10 lakhs to the Assam Arogya Nidhi through CM Sonowal.