GUWAHATI: “We see airplanes flying over our houses and wondered whether we will ever get a chance to sit inside. Now, it has come true for most of us at MKM primary school.”
These are the first words from Prince, a kid from MKM primary school, Garal, Guwahati who was embarking to fly for first time in his life from the national Capital Delhi. That Airports Authority of India, Guwahati has added wings to their dreams and smile on the faces of 20 similar school children could be easily felt here on Monday.
Under the corporate social responsibility programme, AAI organized an educational tour for these school children who boarded Air Asia flight from Guwahati Airport to Delhi on Monday morning.
Interacting with children at the Airport, Sanjeev Jindal Regional Executive Director, AAI North-Eastern Region said that the day he joined here, he first visited these school children at Garal community centre and had assured them that if school management wishes to, he could take them for air travel. Since that day and today, their dream to fly is now a reality and it gives him immense pleasure to facilitate them for flying.
As a responsible organization, AAI is always concerned for the people affected by airport projects, he added. We are striving to connect privileged with unprivileged people in and around airports.
The Garal community centre, near Guwahati Airport is being constructed under the CSR scheme of AAI for Rs 2.37 Cr. AAI has taken up many other CSR initiatives in NER. With UNDP for development of villages around Rani block, with Akshaya Patra for mechanised kitchen for Mid Day Meals, Jindal informed.
The occasion had a special guest from Assemes Film industry, Barkha Rani , who greeted children and also thanked AAI for such a wonderful initiative. She also handed over the boarding passes to the children at the airport and said, ‘I am feeling privileged to be a part of this occasion and this initiative of AAI will definitely encourage children to do better and chose job oriented courses in future.’
It came like a surprise for children to be with their celebrity who was interacting and spent joyous moment with them while boarding an aircraft.
Ramesh Kumar Airport Director Guwahati Airport and senior AAI officials were also present at the airport to see off the children. Local community guests from Garal were also present on the occasion.
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