Meghalaya Cabinet extends lockdown till end of April

SHILLONG, Apr 13: The Meghalaya government on Monday has decided to extend the lockdown period to combat COVID-19 till the end of this month.

It may be pointed out that the 21-day nation-wide lockdown ends on April 14, but with the centre proposing to extend it, the state Cabinet make this decision today.

“The Cabinet decided that lockdown will continue with effect from April 15 to 30,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The Deputy Chief Minister informed that on the basis of inputs received from the deputy commissioners of the various district in the state the cabinet decided that inter-district movement of people will not be allowed till such time when the government feels necessary to revisit the matter.

However, Tynsong said that migrant workers from within the state who are stranded outside their home districts will be allowed to go back to their respective houses.

“The transport department along with the respective deputy commissioners will monitor the movement of such workers,” he informed.

It may be noted that at the moment such labourers are being housed in shelter homes provided and fed by the state government.

The Deputy Chief Minister also informed that the inter-state movement will continue to be sealed from all entry and exit points throughout the state.

He also informed that the local village markets located along the inter-state border with Assam the final decision on whether to re-open such places will be taken by the respective deputy commissioners of the districts.

Meanwhile, the state Cabinet had also withdrawn its earlier decision to allow the movement of private vehicles from April 15.

“After getting feedback from the different deputy commissioners of the districts the Cabinet revisited the decision and it will not be allowed until further orders,” Tynsong informed.

He informed that is order is for urban areas like Shillong, Jowai and Tura where a large number of private vehicles are registered.

Tynsong said that for rural areas it will be regulated by the deputy commissioners and the transport department.

Moreover, he also informed that the Cabinet has entrusted Industries department to work out modalities to resume production.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that there is a need to know from where the labours are going to come, whether they are from within the state or to be brought from outside.

Meanwhile, on the issue of state government employees rejoining work on April 15, Tynsong said that the matter has been entrusted to the Chief Secretary, M. S. Rao to work out on the strategy.

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