Port Blair, May 14: The Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council, Shri. N.K. Udhaya Kumar has marked a letter to the Home Minister of India, highlighting the issue of the stranded students and islanders in the different states of the Country. 

As many students prefer to move to mainland for preparing themselves for getting admission in premier Medical /Engineering Institutes of national repute. This has motivated our student’s from the islands to join the bandwagon and hundreds of student’s move every year to different parts of India.

Due to lock down to prevent the threat of COVID-19, these students are stranded in different parts of the Country especially in Rajasthan (Kotta), New Delhi, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry etc.  Many states and UTs have evacuated stranded students of their respective states and UTs by arranging transportation exclusively for students belonging to respective states. This has created let down feeling among the student’s as well as parents belonging to Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Udhaya Kumar has requested the Home Minister to intervene in the matter and issue necessary directions to concerned states to prepare a mechanism in coordination with A&N Administration to transport the stranded students and Islanders back to A&N Islands by ship or by flight and vice versa at the earliest.