GUWAHATI: ASTC has provided helpline numbers to registered passengers on 104. WhatsApp facility has also been provided to people.
Some relevant tweets can be found below.
Subject to MHA’s (Ministry of Home Affairs) guidelines, the Deputy Commissioners in Assam can allow the inter-district movement of certain categories of people stranded across the State, for three days – April 25, 26 and 27.
According to State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) are the sole authority to grant permission for such movement of people. The Minister has also said that the DCs will have to strictly adhere to the MHA’s COVID-19 guidelines while allowing the inter-district movement of these stranded people falling under certain categories.
The high on priority list are patients who need inter-district travel for medical purposes. The DCs can allow the movement of such people. In their case, the permission for inter-district movement is an open-ended one – not for just three days.
The second category on the priority list comprises people who have been stranded during the lockdown with their own vehicles. If such people want to return home, they can apply to the DCs of the districts where they are now. The third category on the priority list comprises workers who have to move to their working sites. The contractors of such people can apply to their respective DCs for the movement of such workers to their working sites with their own vehicles or hired vehicles.
The fourth category on the priority list comprises home-bound students, women and old-age people who have been stranded while touring, availing leaves or holidays. For them, ASTC (Assam State Transport Corporation) will run buses on certain routes in the State. In such cases, one has to register one’s name with 104 and give the present location and the destination. The number of people availing this facility depends on the number of buses that the ASTC would be able to make available during the three mentioned days.
The Minister has made it crystal clear that his announcement has nothing much to do with the inter-district movement of people which entirely depends on “how the Deputy Commissioners are convinced with the applications’.