Actor Chandramani Mishra, who hails from Bihar, says he is stranded in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh since March 23 because of the lockdown and wants to go back home to take care of his mother who is unwell. To fight the coronavirus pandemic, a nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days.
However, the lockdown was recently extended till May 3 as the number of cases kept rising in the country. Mishra, who has worked in various TV shows and movies, said he was returning to his hometown Madhubani from Nagpur, Maharashtra, but after the lockdown was announced he couldn't travel beyond Bilaspur.
"I've been staying in a hotel here in Bilaspur since March 24. It's been over 21 days and now I want to go back to my home because my mother is not well. My father and grandfather are also there but they are old and can't take care of the situation at home", Mishra told PTI.
The actor, who featured in 2017 film Modi Kaka Ka Gaon, said as his mother needs medical assistance, he wants Chhattisgarh and Bihar governments to make some arrangement for him to reach home. "I've been in talks with a few government officials in Chhattisgarh, Bihar and also Jharkhand. I hope they will help me and make it possible for me to reach home as soon as possible", he said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday conducted a review meeting with the heads of various departments to take stock of preparedness to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the state. As per an official statement, the CM emphasised the need to practice social distancing during the lockdown period, to ensure the safety of citizens. He asked the officials to also ensure adequate facilities to treat and take care of patients apart from the ones infected with Coronavirus, so that people do not face difficulties at hospitals.
"Every family must be tested for Coronavirus in the four affected districts of the state. The monitoring for Bird Flu and Swine Flu must also be done," said Nitish Kumar. Issuing directive with regards to essential commodities, the CM said that dry milk powder should be made available to people at disaster relief camps.
(With PTI inputs)