Shillong, May 5: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Tuesday informed that 284 citizens stranded in various north east states have returned home through 4 designated checkpoints at Ratacherra in East Jaiñtia Hills, Byrnihat in Ri Bhoi, Dainadubi in North Garo Hills, Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills.
According to reports, 205 persons entered through Byrnihat, 32 from Ratacherra, 39 from Bajengdoba and 8 from Tikrikilla. They will be quarantined for 14 days. It was also informed that the government will bear rations for all the 284 persons.
On Monday, the Chief Minister had informed that 2098 citizens stranded in other north east states have registered themselves with the government, out of which 1600 are in Assam.
Replying to questions regarding transportation of residents outside North Eastern states, the Chief Minister said that it will be conducted only after the first phase of transporting residents from other north east states is completed.
He appealed to persons stranded outside the state to stay where they are. “It is a challenging time, but it is in their interest, the interest of their family and people of the state that they remain where they are and that would be the best way to move forward for the time being. The government will come up with a right policy,” he said.
The Chief Minister revealed that they were looking into different possibilities, however added that there were several challenges and risks involved.
“It is a massive exercise which will require a lot of logistics and every logistical option will have its own challenges, risks involved with it. So we have to look at all these aspects and decide,” he stated.
Meanwhile, he also added that the government is holding daily review meetings with the objective to analyse the situation in the state in the last 24 hours.
He said that during the meeting, the issue of individuals entering the state was discussed. “We are monitoring the situation but reports are yet to come. There are some areas under the agricultural department where we needed to review some policies. In 2 days’ time, there will be a meeting and decision will be taken,” he added.