Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday made telephone calls to six chief ministers of the country and urged them to extend help to the people from Assam stranded in their states.

Hundreds of people from Assam have remained stranded in different states across the country due to the ongoing lockdown in view of COVID19 pandemic.

Sonowal on Sunday made telephone calls to his counterparts Naveen Patnaik in Odisha, Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, Nitish Kumar in Bihar, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana and Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh.

He urged the chief ministers to provide all necessary help to the people of Assam stranded in their states due to the nationwide lockdown.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 24 midnight as a preventive measure to contain the spread of COVID19.

The nationwide lockdown was extended up to May 3 to contain the coronavirus pandemic and break the chain of the spread.

Although the state government has taken various measures to help those people in this time of crisis, those respective state governments have been urged to take care of them.

Chief minister Sonowal requested his counterparts in those states to provide necessary help regarding shelter, food and medical facilities to the people of Assam stuck there, said a statement issued by the CM’s PR cell.

During his conversations, Sonowal mentioned about letters received from other state governments and assured the CMs of other states that their people stranded in Assam have been taken care of and they would not face any difficulty during their stay here.

Directives have been issued to all the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of the state in this regard, the Assam chief minister said.

The chief minister also discussed various measures taken by the other state governments to contain COVID19 outbreak.

During the discussions, he underlined the need for mutual cooperation during these difficult times to succeed in this fight against coronavirus, the statement said.

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