State natives stuck in Kota, Kolkata home-bound
IMPHAL, 5th May: Around 150 Manipuri people, who were left stranded in Kolkata owing to the lockdown over COVID-19, have left Manipur Bhavan, Kolkata for the state on Tuesday while students stuck in a Kota (Rajasthan) institute are scheduled to start their journey back home on Wednesday.
Speaking to The People's Chronicle, Manipur Bhavan, Kolkata DRC Joyrita informed that the Bhavan had forwarded a list of Manipuris who were left stranded at the Bhavan due to the lockdown, to the Home Department of the government of Manipur. The department responded to the Bhavan on Monday evening and contact was established with the police stations of the states concerned that the buses and private vehicles carrying the stranded people would be passing through.
On Tuesday morning, two buses and 35 private vehicles left the Bhavan. Strict social distancing was maintained with one driver and 1-2 passengers in the private vehicles and 12-13 passengers travelling in the buses. Of these, 4 vehicles along with seven drivers and handymen would be returning to Kolkata after dropping off the passengers at Imphal. In all, 150 people including drivers left the Bhavan, after doctors properly screened them. They would be screened again after reaching Imphal.
Joyrita further informed that around 1000 female nurses from Manipur, who quit their jobs, are stuck at Kolkata. As part of the relief efforts undertaken by the Bhavan, the nurses have been informed to contact the Bhavan for registration. So far, 860 nurses have reported and the Bhavan is in the midst of contacting the state home department to send them back to Imphal, she added.
In another development, a group of 24 individuals from Manipur, who are stranded in Rajasthan’s Kota district, is likely to leave Kota for Manipur on Wednesday after getting approval from the state government for their return to the state.
The team will be led by one Ngangkham Ibomcha, a parent, who also got stranded there and they would be coming on a bus. As per protocol and condition mentioned in the permit, they will be allowed to enter the state from Mao gate between 6 am to 12 noon. The bus along with its driver and co-driver will leave the state after dropping them here.
Meanwhile, father of one of the stranded students confirmed to The People’s Chronicle that they are likely to leave Kota on Wednesday.
Mention may be made here that the students who have been stranded at Kota are from Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Thoubal and Kakching districts and all are studying at Allen Career Institute, Kota. After students from different states including those from North East states were evacuated, they have been staying all by themselves in different hostel buildings. The institute’s authority had sought permission from the Kota DC for them to leave by bus up to Manipur and they have been waiting for approval from the government of Manipur.
Meanwhile, IMC ward number 7 corporator and members of Sagolband Constituency Progressive Committee (SCPC) jointly flagged off two buses from the residence of Sagolband MLA Rk Imo for evacuating 42 people of Sagolband assembly constituency who have been stranded at Guwahati on Tuesday.
In a release, SCPC informed that MLA Rk Imo would bear all the expenses for evacuating the 42 stranded people.
Pointing out that SCPC has been helping the people of the constituency in whatever way it can to ease at least some of the problems faced by the people due to the lockdown under the guidance of MLA Imo, the release said that many people of the state have been stranded in various parts of the country due to the nationwide lockdown imposed for containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic since March 25.
The two buses that were sent with the approval of the Home Department for evacuating 42 stranded people of Sagolband from Guwahati would reach Imphal on May 7. All the stranded people would be kept under quarantine by following the guidelines laid down by State Health Department just after they reached Imphal, the release assured.
Informing that MLA Rk Imo would be trying to evacuate people stranded in various states including North East in the second phase, the release conveyed that processing of all required permits for evacuating students stranded in Kota, Rajasthan have been completed .