Bhubaneswar: A total of 4,056 fishermen who hail from the state of Andhra Pradesh but were stuck in Gujarat due to the spread of Covid-19 and the consequential lockdown will finally be returning to their home state within the 72 hours. A total of 52 buses manned by personnel from the Gujarat administration departed during the early hours on 29th April.
‘ The last bus left Gujarat at 3am (on 29th). So , considering it could take about 3 days by road, we can expect them to arrive in the state within the next 72 hours. ‘, said an official working on the entire operation. The Chief Minister asked the officials to ensure that the entire operation is executed smoothly without any hassles. He further decided that a sum of 2,000 INR will be handed to each of the fishermen upon their arrival, in order to help them cope with the day-to-day expenditure.
To make sure that the return of these fishermen doesn’t result in increasing the spread of Covid-19 in the state, the authorities have decided that all the fishermen upon reaching their respective districts will be subjected to quarantine norms , tested during the same timeframe before being allowed to go to their respective residences.
The process of helping the stranded fishermen began with the AP CM speaking to the Gujarat CM about the facilities being provided to them and the possibility of transporting them to AP on the 23th of April. A series of subsequent meetings resulted in the plan being formulated and being set into motion on the 28 th of April