GUWAHATI: Assam's new Covid-19 regulations have gone for an absolute toss amid the fanfare over the Union Home Minister's visit who has arrived in Assam as a part of his 3-day Northeast India tour.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had promised an "indigenous" welcome for Shah, with hundreds of local artists being lined up to welcome the Union Minister. However, this is apparently in completely violation of the new guidelines issues by Chief Secretary Jisnu Baruah who on December 24 stated that not more than 50 people will be allowed at gatherings due to the emergence of a new and more infectious strain of the virus in the UK.
Today, however, the ruling party has arranged a grand ceremony where Shah will be speaking, where more than 25,000 people will be in attendance.
Meanwhile, The Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua on Friday declared guidelines to be followed this Christmas and New Year in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the state. The guidelines shall come into force with effect from December 25 to January 10.
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