HBS Urges People to Return Assam by June 10
GUWAHATI: "We want that people should come and the chapter should be closed as early as possible. If we go on lingering, we will have the problem of floods. From Assam's point of view, we want that before 10th June let the people come whoever wants to come, then we will have 14 days thereafter (for quarantine). By 30th June we will close this chapter. From July we will have to prepare for floods." This statement was given by health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while interacting with the media on May 25 at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.
After repeatedly asking the people of Assam stranded in other states to take time coming, as the state will have difficulties to quarantine if there is a huge influx of returnees, the health minister has now informed that the state might limit returnees to 10th June only.
Sarma had earlier announced the state government would continue to pay Rs. 2000 per month (till June for now) under the Assamcares scheme to people who would not be returning.
As for the annual floods that hit Assam, the first wave has already affected more than 30,000 people apart from destroying few embankments and roads.