Arunachal govt to bring back people stranded across NE in batches

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said that people from the state stranded in other Northeastern states due to the COVID-19 lockdown will be brought back in batches.
Khandu also appealed Arunachalees stranded within the North East to apply online as directed till the midnight of May 2.
Thereafter, stranded citizens will be brought back in phased manner from other states starting first with those in green zones, the CM informed.
Khandu further said that the nodal officers already appointed state-wise will coordinate and chalk out a detailed plan for bringing back natives of Arunachal stranded outside, adding, Home Commissioner Kaling Tayeng will oversee the entire process as the Chief Nodal Officer.
He, however, reiterated that ban on issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) and Inner Line Permits (ILPs) will continue to be in force.
Applications for renewal of already existing permits will also be put on hold till a notification is issued in this regard by the state Home department, he said.
Khandu also directed the deputy commissioners and concerned legislators to physically visit and make sure that all quarantine facilities near the entry points are fully equipped as per protocol. (UNI)

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