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Committed to protect State’s environment, biodiversity: CM
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 22 - “We are committed to protect Assam’s environment and biodiversity. No one should cast aspersions on State government’s sincerity to preserve natural, greenery and natural resources of the State,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said this while talking to newsmen in Dibrugarh.

“I have directed Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya to visit Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to take stock of the actual situation and the State government would take further steps in this regard based on Forest Minister’s report,” Sonowal said.

The Chief Minister today visited four quarantine facilities which were being readied as second tier of quarantine centres for COVID-19 patients. The four centres are MDK Kanoi College, the girls’ hostel of DHSK College, Kasturba Gandhi girls’ hostel at Dikom Parbati Devi ME School and Asom Bidyapith High School, Chabua in Dibrugarh.

Addressing media-persons during his visit to the quarantine facilities, Sonowal urged the people to strictly maintain COVID-19 protocols and he appealed to those who are being quarantine not to violate any quarantine rules.

“Violation of quarantine norms does not only affect the patients but also jeopardizes the whole society and therefore, the government has no other option but to take action against those violators of home or institutional quarantine,” he said.

Informing that the State government is taking steps to set up quarantine centres to the panchayat level, Sonowal urged the people to extend wholehearted support to the government so that this outbreak of the global pandemic can be contained.

Saying that State government is taking all necessary steps to bring back Assam’s people stranded in different parts of the country, Sonowal called on the people not to panic over the rising number of COVID-19 cases as the State government is fully capable of handling the situation.

He urged the people to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the health department, like wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance, etc., for achieving victory in this fight against coronavirus. He also requested the people not to discriminate against those who are infected by the deadly virus as nobody willingly becomes a virus carrier.

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