The Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on October 13, called for a press meeting where he asked the people of the state to abide by the guidelines that were issued by the Health Department of the Assam Government.
Meanwhile Keerthi Jalli, Deputy Commmisioner of Cachar, issued another SOP on October 14 saying that the administration has combined the SOPs that were issued on 16th September by the Chief Secretary and 13th October by the Department of Health. Although, the combined SOPs are contradictory to the SOP released by the Department of Health.
The issue that rises with the combined SOP in comparison is that the new SOP bans temporary pandals whereas, the SOP of Department of Health guides Puja Committees to keep open pandals from every side. The contradictory SOPs are naturally creating a havoc among the people.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commmisioners of Karimganj and Hailakandi have decided to go along with the SOP issued by the Health Department.
There is a probability that the SOP might get revised by the Cachar DC though it is still not clear on how much change it may consider.