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The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to provide cash relief of Rs. 2000 to each worker per month for two months to all non-government/unorganized workers registered with the Arunachal Pradesh Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&CWB).

The decision of the government has brought a major succor to thousands of construction workers working under unorganized sector of the state, especially those who have been hard hit by the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

An order issued on Tuesday evening by APB&CWB secretary read that the registered non-government/unorganized workers registered with the board will be paid Rs. 2000 as cash relief for the month of April and May 2020.

Chief minister Pema Khandu has lauded the prompt action of APB&CWB chairman Jalley Sonam for rising up to the crisis and acting swiftly to provide relief to the worst hit section of the society.

Meanwhile, a large consignment carrying medical supplies for the state’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic reached here on Wednesday.

The consignment, weighing around 5.5 tons, and carrying items like personal protective equipments, masks, sanitizers among other items were sent to Dibrugarh Airport from the Hindon Air Force Station in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

After the flight landed at the Dibrugarh airport at 2 pm, the equipments meant for Naharlagun and Itanagar were ferried by a chopper.

The consignment meant for Tezu, Namsai and Roing were also segregated and sent to their respective destinations.

Few items had to be retained at Dibrugarh airport as the helicopter could not carry all the packets in one go.

These would be brought to Naharlagun on Thursday by road.


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