GUWAHATI: In a partial modification of the SOP for persons arriving in Assam by any mode of transportation, the state health department has decided to exempt central government officials on covert visits to the state from Covid-19 tests to protect their identities.
The notification says persons belonging to the category of “officials of investigation/ intelligence/agencies like National Investigation Agency, Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, Intelligence Bureau etc. on official/covert visit” are exempted from the tests.
The income tax department officials on official visits have also been put on the exempted category of visitors.
“These categories of officials need to keep their identities concealed and so we are exempting them from Covid tests on arrival. They just need to inform the deputy commissioners of the districts where they are bound to,” health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.