Odisha CM speaks to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over stranded students in Ukraine

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the telephone on Friday morning regarding the students who have been stranded in Ukraine amid the war with Russia.

Reportedly, CM Patnaik has requested him for the safe evacuation of stranded Odia students as well as the laborers from the war-affected Ukraine.

Union Minister Shah has assured the chief minister that the Indian government is in touch with the Ukraine government and it is working hard to bring back students and laborers from Ukraine at the earliest.

It is to be noted that more than 1500 students from Odisha have been stuck in Ukraine and are anxiously waiting to be evacuated to their hometown. The worried family members ad appealed to the Centre as well as the Odisha government to take necessary steps for help and the safe rescue of the students.

The majority of students are located in Kharkiv and Kyiv’s educational centres who ran out of food and water. They were unable to locate food, withdraw cash, or communicate with their parents due to disruptions in banking, internet, and communication services. Earlier on Thursday evening, many were shifted to bomb shelters and safe zones following the third advisory by the Indian Embassy.

About 20 students from Bandhabahal area of Jharsuguda, a medical student of Mayurbhanj’s Karanjia area, Pankaj Kumar Mahanta, MBBS students of Jagatsinghpur district’s Ohala village Ashis Kumar Sahoo, Odia student Subhalaxmi Baral of Anandpur, Hitanshu Sekhar Muduli of Balasore, Ankit Patel of Bartankela village in Sundargarh, have been stuck in Ukraine.

Similarly, around 15 students from Dhenkanal, and from Balangir, Kandhamal, Sambalpur, Bargarh districts have also been stuck in the war-affected country.

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