Hummingbird News Desk
NEW DELHI, 25 FEB: In an initiative to help Indian students stuck in Ukraine following invasion of the country by Russian armed forces, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla Friday started a 24-hour helpline at his residence cum office in the national capital and a camp office in Kota-Bundi parliamentary constituency.
“So far, more than 100 students and parents from 15 states have contacted this helpline. Many Indian students are stuck there due to the closure of airspace after the outbreak of war in Ukraine,” a note from the Lok Sabha Speaker’s office here stated.
The stranded Indian students can seek help through Indian embassy in Ukrain. The 24-hour helpline can be contacted on 011-23014011 and 23014022 in New Delhi and on 0744-2505555 and 9414037200 in Kota camp office, according to the Speaker’s office.
Information about the students and their parents has been collected from the helpline and made available to the Ministry of External Affairs, the secretariat said. At the same time, students and parents are being informed through WhatsApp and phone calls about whatever information is being released from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Ukraine, it said.
Apart from this, an appeal is also being made to the students to maintain restraint and patience, take shelter in safe places till help arrives and help each other through the helpline, the secretariat said.
Till Friday night, students from Rajasthan, Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Bihar, etc. contacted the helpline.