Measures being taken to bring back Indian students stranded in Ukraine safely: Karnataka CM

Bangalore: Amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said measures were being taken to bring the remaining students of the state back home from Ukraine safely.

Speaking to the media after laying wreaths at the statues of former Chief Minister K Chengalarai Reddy on his death anniversary, Bommai said, “The students who were in the western part of Ukraine have reached India via Romania. They should be brought from Mumbai to Bengaluru. Delhi. Disaster Management Department is taking care of their travel and other needs to reach home.

The Chief Minister further said that his government is in constant touch with the Union External Affairs Minister to bring back the remaining students from Ukraine safely.

“The helplines set up by the central and state governments are in touch with the students and their parents. Most of the students are stranded in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. The war is on in the same area,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that students trapped in Ukraine have taken shelter in underground metro stations and bunkers.

“We have requested the External Affairs Minister to make arrangements for food and water for these students. The Union Minister has assured all measures for their safety and transit in India. State government officials are in constant touch with the authorities in this regard. are in.” Bommai said.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka government released details of officials at a facility set up by the state government at Delhi’s IGI airport to coordinate and support stranded Karnataka students coming from Ukraine.

Students arriving at IGI Airport from Karnataka are requested to contact —- Ananth, Manager (9205593129), Venkatesh, Manager (9818464249), and Jagdish, Manager (9205593126).

Revenue Minister and Vice-Chairman, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) and Dr. Manoj Rajan, Nodal Officer cum Commissioner KSDMA are facilitating the students coming from Karnataka to travel to their destination.

The cost of local tickets from Delhi and Mumbai to Bengaluru will be borne by the state government.

As per the data available with the KSDMA, around 397 people were stranded in Ukraine, out of which 129 were from Bengaluru Urban.

The first batch of 12 students reached Bengaluru International Airport from Mumbai at 8.40 am today.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Prahlad Joshi, State Revenue Minister R Ashok and Nodal Officer Rajan welcomed the students who arrived at the airport here.

According to KSDMA, the second batch of 13 students from Karnataka has reached Delhi and will reach Bengaluru tonight. He has been accommodated in Karnataka Bhavan.

“A total of 30 students will reach Bengaluru today. As and when we get information from the Ministry of External Affairs, we will inform all of you about their arrival,” the statement said.

It further said that the nodal officer and his team are in constant touch with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to rescue the remaining students stranded in Ukraine.

A special Air India evacuation flight carrying 250 Indians landed at the Delhi airport in the early hours of Sunday. (ANI)

First published:February 27, 2022, 5:51 pm

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