A total of 122 students, who are stranded in Kota, will return from Rajasthan to Tripura

Agartala: Tripura government on Thursday wrote a letter to the district collector and magistrate of Kota, Rajasthan requesting them for the movement of students from Kota to the state, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that Tripura principal secretary (transport) L H Darlong in his letter to the Kota district collector requested the official to allow the students of Tripura to move from Kota at the earliest possible.

“The letter was sent today to the Rajasthan administration and it is likely that the vehicle with the students will move on May 2. A total of 122 students with some of the guardians stranded in Kota will return from Rajasthan,” Nath said.

He also said that in the last 10 days from April 21 to 30 in Tripura, a total of 6,678 people including 3,388 truckers and 290 passengers were screened at Churaibari checkpost, while swab samples of 31 suspects were collected.

“Anyone stranded outside the state who desires to return home will have to contact the helpline number after which they would be provided with the inter-state pass. The state government will help them in arranging the inter-state pass but they would require arranging the vehicle on their own,” Nath added.

People stranded outside would need to fill up a format with the details like present address outside the state with a landmark, permanent address and present contact number.

Talking about the ambulance that drove from Chennai with two families, Nath said that the family members tested negative but they have been placed in facility quarantine.

“A total of 76 people have been identified and they were alerted for having contact with the two families returning from Chennai. The samples of the Udaipur and Baikhora families will be tested again and if the report on May 2 comes positive, the close contacts will be taken to facility quarantine,” Nath added.

The driver of the ambulance is admitted in North Bengal Medical College and the co-driver is placed in facility quarantine.

Meanwhile, at present, a total of 109 are in facility quarantine and 247 in home quarantine while 4,910 samples have been collected and 4,742 tests have been done. Only two samples tested positive and both of them have recovered now.

A video conference with all the district magistrates was also chaired by the top officials to discuss where and how those stranded persons returning from outside would be kept and for how many days one should be placed in quarantine.

“As on April 28, the government has spent Rs 1.15 crore for people stranded outside the state and Rs. 10.32 crore in chief minister’s relief fund (CMRF) has been received,” he added.

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