Mizoram governor PS Sreedharan Pillai

AIZAWL: Raj Bhavan is open for those who need shelter and assistance during the pandemic says the Mizoram governor PS Sreedharan Pillai.

The Raj Bhavan is set up for the people, he said.

“Any person can reach me over the phone. They can take refuge or shelter at the Raj Bhavan. We are ready to help and give assistance to those in need, especially in this time of distress (Pandemic),” the 66-year-old said.

The politician-turned-governor said the Raj Bhavan is serving its primary purpose when it helps the people.

He said it had helped the people on a number of occasions.

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“We have provided shelter to several students and teachers, who were stranded in Mizoram due to the Coronavirus induced lockdown and also facilitated the safe return of many students not only in Mizoram but elsewhere,” the prominent lawyer said.

According to sources at the Raj Bhavan, about five students and teachers, who were stranded in Mizoram due to lockdown were provided a week-long shelter at Raj Bhavan in May.

The students and teachers from Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Kerala could not pay hotel bills as they were running out of money, sources said.

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Sources also said that the Raj Bhavan provided food and other assistance to students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in Aizawl for a week in May.

It said that the Raj Bhavan had also written to district administration of Kerala’s Kottayam in May imploring it to provide assistance to about 25 people, mostly students, who were stranded due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The stranded residents from Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were not only provided assistance but helped them to return to their respective states, he said.

Meanwhile, Pillai heaped praise on Mizoram government, civil society organisations and churches for collectively fighting against the Covid-19 spread.

“The Mizo society is a regimented society. Civil societies and churches are very cooperative to the government,” he said, adding that the state has set a good example for others in dealing with a situation like this.

Recently, the governor has released three of his 13 books, which he wrote during the pandemic. The other 10 books will be released in different parts of the country in the coming days.

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