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COVID-19 Update: Assam CM orders screening of truck drivers

In a video conference held on Tuesday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal issued orders to the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of Kokrajhar and Dhubri district to effectively implement the screening of truck drivers and helpers entering the state at Boxirhat and Srirampur gates. This directive has been laid down to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

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In the meeting, attended by DCs and SPs of all districts, and officials from agriculture, veterinary, industry and fishery departments, the CM urged the attendees to ensure that people living in the border villages are made aware about the gravity of the situation, such that they would report if anyone tries to get into the state without appropriate permits and screening. The video conference took place at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.

Apart from that, the CM also raised guidelines and directives pertaining to certain issues prevailing in the state. He asked the DCs to ensure that the state’s scheme, to provide people without NFSA cards monetary compensation of Rs. 1,000 and 5 kg rice, goes seamlessly without any embezzlement of public funds.

As per Sonowal, “This was a very important season for the farmers of the state for cultivation activities, Sonowal said that as farming activities have been exempted from lockdown DCs must ensure that farmers do not face any difficulties like police action.”

He also issued directions for maintaining social distancing protocols in tea gardens and their factories and directed DCs to ask tea garden management to screen outsiders visiting for mechanical work in the factories or for supplying spare parts for the machines for COVID-19 symptoms with appropriate facilities.

As of now, 35 active cases for COVID-19 have been reported in Assam, with 19 patients cured so far.

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