Meghalaya CS takes up issues of hindrance in movement of essential commodities with Assam

SHILLONG, Mar 26: Meghalaya Chief Secretary, M. S. Rao, in a communication on Thursday to the Chief Secretary of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna, brought two issues to the notice of his counterpart that is creating problems in the hassle free and timely movement of essential commodities which are Meghalaya-bound.

The first issue is that in Guwahati the trucks carrying essential commodities to the districts of Assam are being given preference both for loading and movement.

Rao said that under the given circumstances, it has the potential for creating long delays in the much needed dispatch of essential commodities to the State wherein Meghalaya have very limited open market stock currently.

Stating that Meghalaya is depending on the Guwahati market in particular for essential supplies to both regions of Garo Hills and Khasi and Jaintia Hills, the Chief Secretary requested his counterpart to issue necessary directions to the authorities concerned for rationalisation of the system.

Another issue that the Chief Secretary raised is that of health screenings of drivers and handymen of the trucks from Meghalaya carrying essential commodities and stamping for quarantine for many.

He therefore expressed that if it is done routinely for all, there would be a serious problem whereby the truckers would have to immediately go for self quarantine upon completion of the trip.

Rao therefore advise that caution and medical certainty be taken on the issue so that only those exhibiting symptoms are stamped for quarantine.

The Meghalaya Chief Secretary hoped that the two issues raised above shall receive Assam’s sympathetic consideration.

In the meanwhile, the Chief Secretary has informed that his Assam counterpart has accordingly agreed to rationalise the system of loading and movement of essential commodities to and from the state of Assam and that instructions have been issued to restrict stamping only of drivers and handymen of the trucks who are symptomatic.

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