Requesting to bring back the students studying in India.

Requesting to bring back the students studying in India.

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Harindra MADANAYAKE started this petition to President of Sri Lanka


08th April 2020

HE President Gotabhaya Rajapaksha,
President Secretary
Colombo.

Dear Sir,

Requesting to bring back the students studying in India.

There are approximately 800 Sri Lankan students all over India dispersed throughout various States. In Northern India, so far, 475 Sri Lankan students have registered themselves with the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi.
There are more students who got scholarships from the ministry of higher education and some are doing their degrees from private universities.
The number of students in each State in Northern India is as follows:

State - Number of Students
Assam - 01
Chhattisgarh - 36
Delhi NCR - 32
Goa - 01
Gujarat - 43
Haryana - 01
Himachal Pradesh - 02
Madhya Pradesh - 01
Maharashtra - 56
Manipur - 01
Meghalaya - 04
Odisha - 71
Punjab - 110
Rajasthan - 24
Uttar Pradesh - 59
Uttarakhand - 01
West Bengal - 32

Tamilnadu -200

Lucknow - 20

Bangalore -116

In addition, some students are registered with the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai.
Most of them are facing lot of difficulties.
Some of these students are not getting enough food and heath facilities.
Since the curfew in India is strictly conducted mostly the girls can't fulfil their sanitory requirements due to this.Other countries have taken back their students to their country who were in India. Now only few foreign nationals and our Srilankan students are remaining there. India’s situation is getting worst day by day. If covid 19 spreads like this , our children’s life is at high risk. And also the people who are supplying food for hostels are coming from outside, so that is also risky. It has affected the mental condition of children also.
Please consider these above facts and specially they are in our neighbour country and it only takes 3.5 - 4 fliyng hrs for the journey. We heard that Medical specialists have suggested to close the air ports. So please discuss with them and bring our children back to our country by a special flight. We are agreeing to the quarantine process and we are willing to bear the total cost also. We highly appreciate the process you are taking to eradicate the covid 19 pandemic in Sri Lanka and we will always support you. And if necessary we will find places to quarantine our children under supervision of security forces.
Therefore we are kindly requesting you to look in to this matter sensitively and as an exemplary leader who recognizes the suffering of children, who can recognize the pain of our heart and please bring our children back to our motherland.

Thank you,

Stay safe sir,

Parents.

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