Guwahati, Apr 24: As many as 391 students from Assam stranded in Kota are being brought back to the state through buses, with the journey already commencing from the Rajasthan town today.
Informing this at a press conference here, state Health and Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Altogether 391 students are being brought back to the state in 17 buses and they are expected to reach the state on April 26 morning. They will be straightaway kept in quarantine facilities and will be released later only after necessary tests. These students are already in quarantine in Kota.” He said, all travel expenses of the students are being borne by their families and the state government has only facilitated their journey by getting permission from states the buses will pass through and by sending a team of eight police officers by air to oversee the task.
The minister said the state government decided to allow these students to return as many other states were evacuating their students from Kota, creating anxiety among the teenaged students, who pleaded with the government to return home. On allowing students from other parts to return, he said if a large number of students from a single place reach out to the government as a group and are able to arrange for their own transportation, the government will consider facilitating them too. (UNI)