A Kashmiri Student from Chandigarh, writes his experiences during the Pandemic

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A Kashmiri Student from Chandigarh, writes his experiences during the Pandemic
Written by Peer Tehleel Manzoor
Reported by Team RK

Srinagar, 25 May 2020

“Good evening , My Name is Peer Tehleel Manzoor , From Natipora Srinagar. Currently a Student of B.Tech at Chandigarh. I am associated with the Kashmir Student Union , Which is based at Chandigarh.This last designation of mine is actually what my story is based on.

The recent Pandemic & Lockdown has been difficult on everyones part, while I was lucky to have come home before lockdown , and many others were not. They had got stuck in Chandigarh and had no idea for how long !

I first assessed the Gravity of this Situation when students from my own college contacted me for help , as being a member of student union , I still had a lot to figure about the whole process of evacuation .The first thing I did was contacted the J&K govt officials – Nodal officers who are in Kashmir. After that I had a mentor named as Indervansh Singh Chadha , who is the Vice President of an army based NGO named as Chinar Foundation, He has some contacts in the Punjab govt. So he played a vital role in this whole process .Now it was not only the matter of my own college , it was about all the J&K native Students who were Stranded in Chandigarh & Nearby Areas.

 Subsequently I contacted the Nodal officer of J&K which is in Chandigarh-DR Inderjot Singh . Together this team made it possible to set the ball rolling. I created the list of all the JK students who were stranded and forwared it to the Punjab govt Official MR Harjinder Singh ,After accepting & Approving the list , they not only arranged the buses but also got a medical team ready for Screening of every student. During at the same time Basant Raath (IPS officer) posted a tweet , through which students from different colleges know about the evacuation , Gradually the list of the students got lengthened but the help of wonderful team never got deterred , we after made it possible to evacuate almost 480 students till now !There was a sign of relief once the buses left for samba through proper procedure and Screening but once they reached there another challenge was waiting for us .There was no proper services set by the JK govt officials for carrying students to their respective homes / district . Then there we contacted the nodal officers of Samba various Police officials too .who figured out te things for us !This was certainly a mammoth task , but it was made possible by almighty grace and wonderful Team.

My message for everyone out there is , what I learnt from this situation that is As uncertain & difficult as a this situation seems right now , we must not shy away to help each other in any way possible .You never know a small act of help can bring a big impact in someone’s life.”