Over 2000 stranded Meghalaya Citizens to return home in 1st phase

Shillong, May 4: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Monday, informed that 2098 students and migrant workers stranded in different north eastern states have registered themselves with the government.

“Till now we have 2098 people registered with us out of them about 1600 are from Assam and the rest are from other parts of the northeast,” he said adding that the numbers could rise as registration is still open till the end of today, i.e May 4th.

A review meeting was held today to discuss the first phase of transportation of Meghalaya Citizens from within the northeast states.

 “There are two possibilities we are allowing them to take care of their own transportation if they desire to come and at the same time the government is also preparing along with the concern state governments we are also looking at options of creating transportation for them,” the Chief Minister reiterated.

Meanwhile, on the issue of transportation for residents stranded outside Meghalaya, Sangma said that they will be permitted to return in the second phase.

He said that the government has received numerous requests from persons stranded outside northeast who want to return home, however, he added that the government will complete first phase and then move to bring back persons stranded outside northeast.

“We also understand the difficulties they are facing but allowing one or two locations to come back outside the northeast in the first phase may not be fair to all because the same yardstick has to apply to everybody,” he said.

The Chief Minister also stressed that there will not be a “to and fro” movement from the state once the stranded persons arrive. He said, “It is not going to be a to and fro movement…So therefore if they desire to stay then we urge them to stay back in the location where they would like to stay because the provision to go back may not be there.”

He also informed that during the meeting, several discussions were held on agricultural reforms and labour issues. Details of the same – he said – would be revealed after discussions with the central government. 

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