Meghalaya Cabinet on Wednesday approved the list of over 1.84 lakh unorganised workers for providing them financial assistance for three weeks.

Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters that 1,84,184 persons are entitled to receive Rs 700 per week per individual and each will receive a total of Rs 2,100 for three weeks from March 23 to April 14.

These individuals comprised petty traders, daily wage earners, and those who have lost their livelihood due to the lockdown, as they were not covered under any assistance.

He said disbursement of the money to the beneficiaries would start soon.

The state government had given assistance to registered building and other construction workers and to MGNREGA job card holders, and one-time financial assistance to those stranded in different parts of the country.

The Meghalaya Cabinet also approved the extension of time for filing of returns, clearing of taxes for dealers of petrol and petroleum products.

Tynsong said the filing of returns and clearing of taxes should be by March 31 this year, however due to the lockdown, the traders could not file their returns by March 31.

He informed that the dealers can now file their returns which have been extended to May 15 this year.

The State Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the personnel department to appoint retired IAS officer Wilfred Khyllep as the commissioner and secretary (law department)  for a period of six months.

The appointment is on contractual basis.

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