Berhampur, May 9 (LocalWire): Several young people from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana who are stranded here, staged a dharana on Saturday at the First Gate area in Silk City demanding free transportation from the Odisha government in order to go their native places.
Around 700 trainees were being trained in a private agency in the marketing of agriculture products, before the imposition of the nationwide lockdown.
Nearly 300 of them have already left for their native states, while the other 400 trainees, including nearly 100 girls are stranded here due to suspension of public transport during the lockdown.
“We want to go home as quickly as possible as Ganjam has become a red zone,” said one of the trainees.
“As we have finished all our money, we want the Odisha government to arrange free transportation for our smooth and safe return,” said. K. Srinibash of Rayalaseema.
The trainees are staying in the rented houses in the First Gate area here.
During their stay, they have been provided free dry ration arranged by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) with the intervention of the local police.
“Since they shall not be able to pay the rent immediately, we have also convinced the owners to not demand the rent for two months immediately,” said IIC of Bada Bazar police station, Prasant Bhupati.
“They are now very scared as Ganjam has become a red zone, and hence want to return as quickly as possible,” he added.