Bhubaneswar: At least 42 students from Odisha, stranded in Prakasham district of Andhra Pradesh following lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returned to state today.
The ordeal of the students surfaced on social media and news channels that because of the lockdown 42 Bachelor of Education students from Odisha were stranded state in Prakasham district of Andhra Pradesh.
The matter was also pursued and brought to the notice of Arup Patnaik, Convenor Odisha-Mo Parivar by Bhadrak MLA, Sanjib Mallick, Bhadrak MP, Manjulata Mandal and Minster Culture, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi and he further informed regarding this to Chief Minister’s Office.
After knowing the matter, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed that the students must be brought back to their native places at any cost.
The Chief Secretary Odisha then contacted his counterpart in Andhra Pradesh and requested him to intervene in the matter. After his intervention, the local administration in Prakasham district reached out to the students and conducted a health check-up and certified that the students were healthy and good to travel.
Markapur MLA then facilitated the travel arrangements of the students to Odisha through two APSRTC buses as the train and flight services have been stopped due to the lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The students have boarded the APSRTC buses on March 24 at around 10:40 PM.
All the students have expressed their gratitude towards Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Local Administration in Prakasham, the Chief Secretaries of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and the Odisha- MoParivar Team for extending necessary support in the condition of distress.