Chhattisgarh High Court to seek Government’s reply over the Return of Stranded Students

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Chhattisgarh High Court has sought a reply from the state government over the return of around 3000 stranded students who were stuck in Kota in Rajasthan.

An intervention application was filed by Rajesh Ranjan Sinha in the Chhattisgarh High Court for bringing back of the stranded students from Kota where they are pursuing higher secondary education and studying at Coaching Centre.

An intervention application that was presented before the division bench of Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice Goutam Bhaduri by the Petitioner’s counsel Rajesh Kumar Kesharwani mentioned that the students aged 16-20 years have been stranded in Kota, Rajasthan. Because of the highly infectious rate of COVID-19 virus, students impacted adversely due to the atmosphere of fear and terror.

The High Court also informed that in the wake of the imposition of the immediate lockdown, male students formed their groups and left for their hometown. The majority of students, especially female students got stuck. This problem arose because they were waiting for their local guardian or parents to arrange them so that they can come back to Chhattisgarh.

Counsel further mentioned that lately the state government came into action and took measures to facilitate the students through providing necessities and arranging transport for the students or the parents to bring back their children. But unfortunately, the matter was delayed leaving the grievances of the parents undissolved.

Moreover, Advocate General Satish Chandra Verma told that the state counsel to inform the High court about the measures taken by the State Government on April 27.

Steps taken by the Chhattisgarh Government

Chhattisgarh Government on 24th April 2020 i.e. Friday sent 75 buses to bring back stranded students from Kota, Rajasthan.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has been in talks with the Rajasthan Government and the Centre and has discussed the several concerning issues of the parents with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

On Shah’s advice, the state chief secretary sent the proposal, and arrangements were made on Friday to get back the students.

Commissioner Public Relations Taran Prakash Sinha had confirmed that the convoy of 75 buses started from Chhattisgarh to bring over 2000 students from Kota along with the police team and ambulances.

Bhupesh Baghel had tweeted informing “Chhattisgarh students stranded in Kota due to lockdown will be soon brought back as we are sending buses for them.”

The students staying away from their hometown in Kota for their preparatory courses related to IIT, Engineering, Medical, and other professional courses. These students stuck in Kota due to the immediate lockdown which happened due to the pandemic.

Further, the officials said that the students will be under quarantine for 14 days at government centres after returning to their hometowns as a preventive measure against the spread of infection.


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