Lockdown: Odisha agrees to help students stranded in Kota to return home

Bhubaneswar: Following an appeal of Odisha students stranded in Kota to bring them back amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Odisha government today said it will help the students for their inter-state movement. However, the stranded students will have to return on their own.

Informing about the government’s decision, senior IPS officer in-charge of coordinating with other states in regard to stranded Odia persons, Sarthak Sarangi said the students stuck in Kota will come back home after making their own arrangements. But the Odisha government will provide vehicle permits and other arrangements for their inter-state movements.

The Odisha government has already talked to the Rajasthan government in this regard, said Sarangi informing that a total of 975 students will return home.

Worth mentioning, a large number of students from Odisha stranded in Kota due to the lockdown appealed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure their safe return to the state in recent days.

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