25 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: The State Government has rescued the 42 students from Odisha who were stranded in Prakasham district of Andhra Pradesh because of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reportedly, the students pursuing Bachelor of Education (BEd) had gone to appear their examination in Andhra Pradesh and were stranded due to the lockdown. In a video circulating on social media, they had appealed the State Government for their rescue.
Bhadrak MLA Sanjib Mallick, MP Manjulata Mandal and Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi took cognizance of the matter and brought it to the notice of Convenor of Odisha-Mo Parivar, Arup Patnaik.
Subsequently, Arup informed it to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who expressed that the students must be brought back to their native places at any cost and the Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy was reached and requested to intervene.
Tripathy then reached to the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Nilam Sawhney and was requested to intervene in the matter. Sawhney responded to the request and accordingly 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.
AP's 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 boarded the APSRTC buses yesterday at around 10:40 PM and heading towards Odisha. They have expressed their gratitude towards Odisha CM, local administration in Prakasham, Chief Secretaries of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and the Odisha-Mo Parivar Team for extending necessary support in the condition of distress.