Educational Institutions in Meghalaya to remain closed till April 30

Meghalaya Cabinet, on Monday, decided that in view of the situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, schools and other educational institutions in the state would remain closed until April 30, next. Several measures were made at the Cabinet meeting to deal with the situation precipitated by the outbreak of the global novel coronavirus.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 07, 2020 10:41 IST

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State Govt provides financial assistance to all wage earners

The Cabinet decided to allow farmers in rural areas to resume sowing activities with immediate effect while adhering to the Health Department's strict protocol. 

MGNREGA activities will resume in the state's rural areas, and salaries and resources worth more than Rs 534.66 have been approved and released to the respective BDOs. Beginning April 15, building activities (viz. road construction, etc.) and related programmes approved in the last financial years will resume. 

Weekly rural markets will be permitted to resume from April 15 next provided that the COVID-19 protocol is strictly adhered to as specified by the department of health. All the government offices will work as of April 15 next with full employees.

The state government will also provide financial assistance to all wage earners, daily labourers and petty traders (unregistered daily wage earners) who were out of work during COVID-19 lock-out at the rate of Rs 700 per week under the Chief Minister's Relief Against Wage Loss system. The financial assistance shall be directly credited to the bank account of the beneficiaries.

With respect to 2192 Meghalaya residents and students who are stranded in various parts of the rest of India because of the lock-down, the Cabinet agreed to ask them to refrain from returning home until the end of April considering the safety of the stranded Meghalaya residents as well as state citizens. Protection Status