Lockdown to continue: Khandu

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Arunachal Pradesh will continue to impose restriction on inter-state movement of people despite union the MoHA on Saturday lifted it during the Unlock-1 which begun on Monday.

People from other states visiting Arunachal will continue to undergo compulsory institutional quarantine as the state is still under lockdown, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said during a press conference on Monday.

“Effective check gate management will continue with screening of people while intra-district movement via Assam will continue with convoy. Moreover, intra-district movement without touching Assam will not require passes,” he informed.

While the MoHA’s negative list banning a few institutions would be strictly followed, the ban on issue of ILP to outsiders would continue, he said, adding lifting of restrictions on issuance of ILPs would decided in the second phase..

“The restrictions on inter-state movement of people will be relaxed only after all stranded Arunachalees return and situation get normalized. However, movement of vehicles carrying essentials will be exempted from the restriction,” he said, adding an estimated 8000 people returned to the state from outside till Sunday and another 5000 returnees are expected by June 20.

“The GoAP will decide its course of action to lift restriction on inter-state movement of people in the first phase only after all stranded people return keeping in view all safety protocols. As of now, Arunachal is under lockdown,” he said.

On re-opening of educational institutions, he said that the GoAP would hold due consultations with all stakeholders to arrive at a decision.

“The education department has started online classes for students of class VI to VIII through dedicated DD channel Arunprabha and will soon start similar classes for students of lower class through AIR. Hopefully, the situation will improve by June end and we will able to start regular classes from July onwards,” the CM added. (Agency)

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