Srinagar: A day after 168 medical students from Jammu and Kashmir were evacuated from Bangladesh, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday urged government of India to evacuate remaining students from the country in view of Eid-ul-Fitr festival.
In a letter addressed to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Singh Shringla , the J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam says that as per the data with the government of Jammu and Kashmir, between 230-240 students were still stranded in Bangladesh and were agitating for their early return to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Their early return attains significance in view of the ongoing holy month of Ramadhan and the approaching Eid festival falling on 25th May, 2020,” Subrahmanyam says.
He says that with the present plan of evacuating these students in a staggered manner, there was every apprehension that such students who have to take flights at later dates would get anxious.
“This needs to be mitigated, keeping in consideration the extreme distress prevalent in the stranded students/ persons due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” J&K Chief Secretary says.
“I would, therefore, request your personal intervention for arranging return of these students to Srinagar International Airport in a single flight by arranging their airlift in an aircraft with a capacity of 250 persons so that they reach Jammu and Kashmir well before the Eid festival,” he adds.
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