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The first batch of 27 stranded workers from Bihar, who were staying at Kitam in South Sikkim since lockdown and wanted to go back to their native state, has left from Melli check-post on Monday.

Following the orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs with regard to the transportation of stranded labourers, the South District administration has started facilitating the transportation of stranded people to their respective home state from Monday onwards.

According to the district collector (South) Ragul K, the district administration has deployed two Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) buses to ferry the stranded labourers till Melli Checkpost following the strict guidelines to contain the spread of coronavirus.

It is added a detailed plan was being made after consulting with the concerned state so as to ensure that these people reach home safely.

“From Melli Check Post, the stranded labourers will proceed to Bihar in two other buses arranged from Siliguri. They will enter Bihar via Kishanganj and will be dropped at Khagaria district,” it is added.

Sagar Chhetri

Sagar Chhetri is Northeast Now Correspondent in Gangtok. He can be reached at: