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Assam students in Andhra, Telengana urge govt to bring them back home

By Correspondent

UDALGURI, May 8 - Students from Assam, who are studying pharmacy and paramedical courses in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, have appealed to the Assam government for help in bringing them back to their homes.

According to information available, a total of 183 students of Darrang, Udalguri , Sonitpur and Baksa districts of Assam are stranded in these two South Indian States.

The students said that they were stuck in their college hostels. Apart from facing food shortage, they said they have also run out of cash.

Sunita Daimari, a student of Udalguri district of Assam, said: �I am pursuing nursing course here at St Ann�s School of Nursing in Warangal district of Telangana, where there are 96 students of Assam and we are struck here and are desperate to go home. Please allow us to go to Assam. We appeal to Assam Health and Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to help us by facilitating our travel and we are ready to pay for our travel expenses.�

Another student, Rwmwi Daimari said, �We have been informed by various sources that the Central government is mulling to take us back home via special trains but we are yet to receive any official communication. So we request the Assam government to adopt similar measures like they took for the students of Kota, Rajasthan.�

Another Monisha Boro, echoing the woes of students, said that she hoped that the Assam government would surely help them.

It is to be noted that the Ministry of Home Affairs had also issued an order allowing the movement of migrant workers, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places, by special trains.

The order said that the Ministry of Railways will designate nodal officers to coordinate with the respective States and the UTs for movement of these trains. �The Ministry of Railways will issue detailed guidelines for sale of tickets, and for social distancing and other safety measures to be observed at train stations, train platforms and within the trains,� the order stated.

On the other hand, the worried parents of the students too hoped that both the Union and State governments would be instrumental in getting their children back to their homes in this critical situation.

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