On 28th April 2020, the Patna HC held that all the students stranded in Kota, Rajasthan which is well known for its coaching centres for All India Competitive Exams, must be looked after well and all their needs must be met by the Bihar Government, this includes their food, medical expenses and any other basic needs of theirs.
The HC in the hearing via teleconference pointed out that the situation of the students is very similar to the migrant workers who aren’t being able to return to their native cities. The lockdown has created a very difficult situation for students living in rented apartments on shoestring budgets in different cities. Uttar Pradesh said it would bring all the students home because of the various concerns raised by all the parents.
Chief Justice Sanjay Karol took cognizance of a petition submitted by Adv Ajay Thakur in which he urged the court to allow the students stuck in Kota and all other places to return home after proper guidelines and rules were followed. The HC, on the direction of the Chief Justice, wrote to the chief secretary on Tuesday, asking for a reply on the concerned matter by Wednesday so that the judiciary could take proper, timely action.
In the letter that was sent, serious concerns about the wellbeing of the students were expressed. The HC asked the Chief secretary to get in touch with various counterparts regarding this discussion. The HC wanted to mainly know if the students could be brought back within the constraints of the guidelines issued by the Central Government.
In the teleconference, the HC expressed its opinion on the concerned matter and pointed out that students must be given adequate care and their basic needs must be fulfilled by the state.
The state government pleaded for a day to reply and this matter will soon be brought up again to reach a common consensus concerning the stranded students.
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