A three-member team of the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU), extending solidarity to the millions of Indians suffering due to the lockdown that was called to curb the spread of the COVID-19, has undertaken a fasting drive at its headquarter in Kokrajhar, Assam.
The three-member team of the student body, including its president Dipen Boro, has been observing day-long fasting on every Wednesday of the week till the coronavirus (COVID-19) subsides, as a mark of solidarity. Their fast, they said, is symbolic of the problems faced by the people who are struggling to make ends meet due to to lockdown. During the lockdown period, the Initiative of Change has been undertaken by the Bodo student body to extend their support for the people who are dealing with hardships in the midst of the drastic economic slump across the nation.
The three members of the ABSU who are observing the fasting include President of the body Dipen Boro, Education Secretary Kastom Basumatary and Assistant Literary Secretary Somit Narzary.
Notably, the influential student body's members were seen strictly adhering to the social distancing norms while taking part in the fasting drive. The fasting initiative by the ABSU, it may be mentioned here, was started from April 15 at Bodofa House in Kokrajhar to extend their solidarity towards the nationwide fight against the virus. The students' union has also started student welfare activities such as online classes for class X for Bodo medium students in the region.
Talking to Inside Northeast, President of the ABSU Dipen Boro said that ever since the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, common citizens in the country have been facing numerous problems.
Boro added that the student body has always stood for the well-being of the common masses and will continue doing so in the future. "We will be continuing these fasts once every week till things return to normal", Boro added.
He also informed that online classes for the students of class X were started from April 17 in create an educational environment for the students of the state who must now stay at home amid suspension of classes due to the COVID-19. Several teachers have been assigned to teach the students of the region amid the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the ABSU president has also called upon the Assam State Government and its Education Department to distribute textbooks among the students in the state "properly" as many of the students are yet to receive their textbooks amid the lockdown.
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