KOKRAJHAR, April 27 - Amid the ongoing lockdown, the Assam government facilitated the return of 391 stranded students and parents from Rajasthan�s Kota, the country�s coaching capital. The students started their journey from Kota on Friday in 17 buses and reached Assam on Sunday after passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
After entering Assam through the Srirampur check post on Sunday, they reached UN Brahma College at Kajalgaon in Chirang district around 8.30 pm. There, they were accorded a warm welcome by clapping of hands and were offered light refreshment by the Chirang district administration. Of the total 391 people, there are 184 boys, 167 girls and 40 parents.
Interacting with the media, one of the students said they were very much thankful to both the Central and State governments for arranging their journey back to Assam.
They were given a grand welcome by BTAD DIG Violet Baruah, Deputy Commissioner Gautam Talukdar, Superintendent of Police Sudhakar Singh and other dignitaries.
Free rations distributed: People�s Aid (Trust) distributed free rations and masks to people of Serfanguri area in Kokrajhar, to minimise the hardship faced by daily wage earners and needy people due to the lockdown. The ration was distributed among 500 families from 19 villages. The Trust also organised a series of awareness programmes on COVID-19 and appealed to people to obey the lockdown guidelines and maintain social distancing, wear masks and stay at home. Awareness leaflets were also distributed.
Universal Dental and Child Health Care Centre, Kokrajhar also came forward to distribute food packtes to villagers in Haijraiguri, Manchargaon, Bhutiapara and Haldibari near Kokrajhar town. Food packets containing 5 kg rice, dal, sugar, oil and salt were distributed by child specialist Dr Nijwm Mahilary and paediatrician Dr Sudem Mahilary of the centre.