Four buses to bring 84 natives from Guwahati
IMPHAL, 29th Apr: The state principal secretary (GAD) and Transport Department flagged off four buses from Mantripukhri on Wednesday to bring back 84 Manipuris who were left stranded in Guwahati, Assam due to the lockdown over COVID-19.
Nevertheless, there are complaints that the government initiatives to bring home the state natives have overlooked interest and plight of many from the hill districts, who have been putting up in different parts of the Assam state capital after furnishing relevant details to the officials concerned.
Expressing awe over the alleged negligence of the hill people in such trying times, they expressed that government do the needful to reunite the stranded people from the hill areas with their respective families.
According to official sources, the buses would be bringing back 84 natives, who have been staying at Manipur Bhavan in Guwahati, to Imphal. The state GAD also handed over 500 sanitiser bottles and 500 masks to the 4 buses. In addition, Manipur Police Headquarters has already informed both Assam police and Nagaland police about the four buses and their mission.
The four buses are being driven by drivers Md Firoz Khan and Md Abbas Khan with handyman Md Sikandar Ali (MN 04-0298); Md Roshan Ali and Md Abdur Rahaman with handyman Md Haffi (ML 05-1809); Md Riyazuddin and Md Basal Fero with handyman Md Eden (MN 01-1664), and lastly, A Hashim Choudhury and Md Wakip with handyman Rajuruddin (AO 01 C-4909). On the other hand, according to a statement released by state Health Department additional director and spokesperson Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, the stranded 84 natives will arrive at Imphal on May 1. They would be first screened at Mao, wherein the symptomatic ones would be referred to RIMS and JNIMS, while the asymptomatic ones would be transferred to government designated quarantine centres for testing. Persons whose test results are negative would have to undergo mandatory home quarantine, it conveyed.