The Arunachal Pradesh government on Monday issued guidelines for measures to be taken for intra-state movement of stranded following the lockdown relaxation.

“As Arunachal currently has zero Red Zone districts, the movement of stranded people via other states, especially Assam will be regulated through a non-stop convoy led by a police team twice a day,” said chief secretary Naresh Kumar.

“People who are looking to travel via their private vehicles can only do the same on medical grounds and by following the guidelines of MHA,” he added.

Kumar, however, said that all asymptomatic persons returning from COVID-19 affected areas that enter Arunachal will be mandatorily quarantined in designated quarantine centres of their respective home districts and follow all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the health department.

The chief secretary who was addressing media persons at the secretariat here said: “for intra-state travel, the normal bus services will continue on a daily basis.”

In terms of industrial and agricultural activities, Kumar said all of them would be permitted to continue, however, no one will be allowed to bring labourers from other states.

“All agricultural and related activities will continue on conditions that the landowners/farmers maintain the guidelines of the government issued earlier,” he said.

Likewise, he said all government offices will continue to function barring the entry of visitors and most of the works are carried out using technology, wherever applicable.

Speaking on the activities prohibited during the lockdown, Kumar said schools, colleges and all educational, training and coaching institutions, as well as hospitality services including hotels and restaurants, will remain closed during the lockdown.

Also, restrictions on inner line and restricted area permits will continue and all international borders would continue to remain closed.

“There will also be a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am till the lockdown ends,” Kumar said while requesting the people to follow all the guidelines as prescribed by the government.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: