LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has started sending back around 10,000 students stranded in Prayagraj to their respective districts in a phased manner.
More than 300 buses are getting used to ferry the kids to their home districts.
The students were studying in the Allahabad University and other colleges and coaching centres and were stranded in the district, which is additionally a giant hub in coaching for competitive examination.
The Uttar Pradesh government had said on Monday that it'd now transport around 9,000-10,000 students stranded in Prayagraj to other districts in the state in a very phased manner.
Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Avanish Awasthi, said that during the first phase, the buses from Prayagraj would drop students to Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Kaushambhi, Fatehpur and Chitrakoot districts, with borders close to Prayagraj.
The same buses are going to be sent to other districts in the second phase. He said that if other states want to take back their students stranded in Prayagraj, they'd even be provided permission.
The UP government had earlier sent buses to bring back students stranded in Kota, Rajasthan, and migrant labourers stuck in Haryana because of the lockdown. Over the weekend, over 12,000 migrant labourers were brought back from Haryana, as per government figures.
All the wards were advised 14-day home quarantine.
Meanwhile, interacting with students who had been brought back from Kota through video conferencing on Tuesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath underlined the requirement for following safety protocols.
He said that it had been the foresight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had implemented social distancing even before Holi by cancelling the Holi Milan events.
"The lockdown has helped the country fight against the deadly virus. Other countries have suffered greater losses," he said.
The Chief Minister said that he had something in mind which could provide facilities of coaching and studies in several districts in such a way that students don't have to move out of the state.