The Meghalaya cabinet on Monday reversed it’s earlier decision on movement private transport during the lockdown period in the state.

It has decided not to allow inter-district movement and private transport in urban areas, whereas in rural areas, private transport will be allowed only after arrangements between the transport department and the deputy commissioners.

“After receiving feedbacks from the deputy commissioners, private transport in urban areas will continue to be restricted, and in rural areas, it will be allowed subjected to arrangement between the transport department and the deputy commissioners,” Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said.

Last week, the state cabinet had in fact decided to allow inter-district movement as well private transport.

Tynsong said that labourers who are from within the state who have been stranded in shelter homes arranged by the government, will be allowed to move out to their respective homes.

“The transportation of such labourers will be done by the transport department and the respective deputy commissioners,” Tynsong said.

Tynsong also informed that though earlier, it was decided that weekly markets should be allowed to operate, however the cabinet has change the name by allowing only local village market to operate.

He, however, said that village markets in some districts like Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills, West Jaiñtia Hills, North Garo Hills and West Garo Hills that are interconnected with Assam, would be allowed after the respective deputy commissioners have examined the issue.

“The DCs will work and decide whether it is feasible or not to alow such village markets to operate,”  Tynsong said.


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