Gangtok: Till now, the Sikkim government was not charging any money either from Sikkimese or non-Sikkimese people. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Sikkim CM PS Tamang on June 30 at Gangtok to reduce the burden on the state exchequer.
From now onwards, non-Sikkimese will have to pay for COVID-19 test. The Government of Sikkim took the decision only to cut down the burden on the state coffer.
“Non-Sikkimese people returning to the state would have to pay Rs 3,500 for RT-PCR test and Rs 2000 for Truenat testing,” a notice issued by the principal director of health services of Sikkim on Friday stated.
A senior Sikkim health official said, “Many non-Sikkimese, particularly those working in pharmaceutical companies and universities and hydro power companies, have already started returning to Sikkim.”
“As we were mandatorily carrying out COVID-19 tests free for all the returnees, it has put a burden on the state exchequer. From Saturday, the government has decided to charge from non-Sikkimese returnees,” another government official clarified.
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