Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has ruled out the possibility of the state government extending financial assistance to people affected by wage loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When a query was raised on the issue during a news conference held on Friday, Tynsong said it is a huge loss for the government, businesses and daily wage labourers.
He however said the Government of India has been kind enough to provide free foodgrains for the month of May and June, this year.
“A total of 21.45 lakh beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) will be benefited from this. Apart from the normal allotment of rice, they will get additional allotment free of cost,” Tynsong added.
He also urged the people not to panic as there is no shortage of essential commodities in the state.
Stating that the government understands the problems faced by the citizens due to the crisis, Tynsong said some people are saying that he talks very harshly about the situation.
“I had said that we don’t have the luxury of eating a variety of food items during the pandemic. Therefore, let us adjust ourselves just to survive. I had to use that language but kindly don’t take it otherwise as unlike last year, this time the stock is easily available,” he added.