• Nirani speaks to student via internet call
• Minister says efforts are on to bring students back home
• Don’t venture out of houses, Nirani tells students
Bilagi, (Bagalkot) Mar. 1: Assuring the stranded Bilagi medical student in Ukraine of safe evacuation, Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh R Nirani spoke to Sahana Patil via internet call and tried to instill confidence in the panic-stricken medico.
After learning about the Bilagi student stuck in Ukraine, Minister Nirani visited Sahana’s house at Sunaga village in the taluk and met her parents and relatives. He told her parents that the state government is coordinating with the Centre and Indian embassy in Ukraine to evacuate the stranded students.
The minister whose assembly constituency is Bilagi, comforted the parents who were visibly disturbed by the deteriorating situation in the war-torn Ukraine. Nirani then spoke to Sahana Patil through internet call and enquired about her safety and wellbeing. He assured Sahana of safe evacuation and tried to instill confidence in the student who seemed worried over unfolding events. She is studying MBBS in Kharkiv National Medical University. Sahana’s father Mallanagouda Patil is working as Deputy Director in a veterinary hospital.
The minister enquired Sahana about availability of food, water and other facilities in the besieged city. He asked her to store more food and water whenever she gets a chance. He also asked her to call him at his number at any time. He said that the government is bearing all the expenses of students’ travel from Ukraine to their respective destinations back home and leaving no stone unturned to bring them back home safely and asked her not to worry and remain strong. “Both the Centre and Karnataka government have already brought a large number of students and citizens back home from Ukraine and are making efforts on war-footing to evacuate others. We have been taking necessary steps to evacuate you too. Please don’t lose heart, be strong as folks in your family are worried and tell them that you are safe,” Nirani told Sahana.
The minister further added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and others were taking necessary steps for safe return of stranded Indians in Ukraine. He requested the students not to venture out of their houses or bunkers till they get a message from Indian embassy officials.