Cabinet to decide on evacuation plan

IMPHAL, 5th May: Chief Minister N Biren chaired a meeting of State Consultative Committee for COVID-19 on Tuesday and discussed areas of relaxation for the state, which have been classified as green zones.
Sources said that the meet discussed the health concerns in the light of evacuation of state natives from different parts of the country in the backdrop of increasing number of positive cases in different states. It also discussed sharp increase in public gathering in the main market areas of Imphal city following opening of shops and other business establishments, so as to explore ways to reduce the gathering. The proposal of opening shops on rotation basis was discussed but decision would be taken by the state cabinet on Wednesday, sources added.
The meet also discussed the strategies for evacuating state natives stranded in different parts of the country. Following an earlier decision of the committee, MLAs had collected details of state natives from their respective assembly constituencies stranded outside and submitted the same to the government.
At the same time, those stranded outside have registered themselves through the government’s website As a first step towards evacuating the stranded people, the government sent four buses and brought back 87 stranded people from Guwahati.
Tuesday’s meet chalked out a rough modality for evacuating the stranded state natives but the final decision will be taken by the state cabinet on Wednesday. The cabinet will also take decision on bearing the cost of running quarantine facilities in each assembly constituency which will house the returnees, sources revealed.

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