Meghalaya cabinet to ease restrictions post lockdown

SHILLONG, Apr 6: The Meghalaya Cabinet on Monday took a slew of measures to ease restrictions after the 21-day lockdown to combat COVID-19 ends.

The Cabinet stated that construction works (road construction) and other allied developmental programs sanctioned by the government in the last financial year is allowed to restart from April 15.

The Cabinet also decided to allow the reopening of weekly markets in rural areas from April 15, provided that strict ‘COVID-19’ protocols as prescribed by the health department are adhered to.

“Private transportation will be allowed to resume from April 15,” deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong informed reporters.

The deputy chief minister also stated that all Government offices will resume functioning with full staff strength from April 15.

However, schools and educational institutions will remain closed till April 30.

Tynsong also informed that farmers in rural areas will be allowed to resume sowing activities with immediate effect.

“Strict protocols to be maintained as prescribed from time to time by the health department,” he added.

Also MGNREGA activities will be allowed to resume in respective villages in the State.

The deputy chief minister informed that wages and the material components to the tune of Rs. 534.6573 crore has been sanctioned and released to the respective Block Development Offices for payment of wages and clearing the materials bills.   

Meanwhile, the Government also decided to extend financial assistance to all wage earners, daily labourers and petty traders (unregistered daily wage earners) who are out of work during the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’, under the Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss scheme for daily wage earners at the rate of Rs. 700 per week.

The financial assistance will be transferred directly to the eligible beneficiary’s account.

Tynsong however said that beneficiaries already registered under Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW), job card holders under MGNREGA, muster roll workers of government departments, casual and contractual wage workers in government and semi government departments and registered farmers under ‘PM-KISAN’ are not entitled to receive benefits under the scheme.

Moreover, the Cabinet today also discussed about the fate of citizens from Meghalaya both students and working citizens, numbering about 2192 individuals in total, who are staying at different parts of the country.“Most of them had expressed their desire to come back to the State. Taking into account the safety of people in the State and the safety of the stranded citizens themselves, the Cabinet after a thorough discussion has decided to request the stranded citizens to refrain from travelling back home until the end of April 2020,” Tynsong said.

14 thoughts on “Meghalaya cabinet to ease restrictions post lockdown

  1. I Request Make sure Meghalaya Border are Seal and no 1 can trespass, and whats about GROCRY SHOP AND LPG in some backword village which road communication is bad to carriage goods

  2. Lockdown should be extend cause our state till now no case so we need this lockdown to be extend in meghalaya to protect our people from this virus.

  3. Would be further appreciated if govt ensures restrictions at all inter state borders, through proper basic medical investigations to ensure that people who enters are covid,,-free.. Mere verbal interviews as is found to be done presently at some points will not suffice. If required CCTV to be installed at all entry points to monitor and verify activities on the ground.

  4. What will do those are small shopkeeper sailing tea-biscuits etc,daily income sources people,what they do?

  5. What will do those are small shopkeeper sailing tea-biscuits etc,daily income sources people,what they do?

  6. I appreciated the steps taken by our state authorities on time becoz of which we r free zone till now.Thanks and Keep up the Good Work👍👍👍

  7. They should also open teer games with social distance followings as people overcome the lockdown hangover & revenue source of state will also open. CM Kalsi Ex-serviceman IAF

  8. Lockdown must continue for longer period in order to contain the spread of Coved19 to Meghalaya. The hardships of the people cannot be compromised and BTY this hardship in present day is nothing compared to the ‘spanish flu’ or ‘khlam’ occurring during Jan. 1918 to Dec.1920. let’s face the truth.

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