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cpm: Government advisory to stranded Indians in Ukraine ‘bizarre’, ‘impossible to follow’, CPM says | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The CPM tore into the Modi government on Wednesday calling out as “bizarre directions” the government’s advisory to Indian nationals to leave the war-torn Kharkiv on foot, if necessary, to be evacuated.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the advisories asking Indians to immediately leave war-torn Kharkiv, were “impossible to follow in these circumstances” and sought to know what other alternatives the government was exploring to rescue those stranded in the city.
“Advisories asking Indians to immediately leave war-torn Kharkiv, impossible to follow in these circumstances. Bizarre direction to walk if no transport available, amidst heavy crossfire. Trains running, heavily crowded. Is Embassy exploring alternatives?”, Yechury said.
He also referred to the government’s ‘Operation Ganga’ to help evacuate Indians in Ukraine as a “big photo op”.
CPM also defended Indian students traveling abroad for medical education and said this was because the government has no control over private colleges charging exorbitant fees.
“Hardly any control over private educational institutions. Modi govt permits exorbitant fees for profit maximisation. Families are thus forced to send children abroad for affordable professional education & face such tragedies. Stop promoting edu shops. Open more govt professional colleges,” Yechury said.
CPM Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem, meanwhile, accused the government of “outside intervention” in prioritising evacuations and said , in a letter to external affairs minister S Jaishankar, and the decisions on who to evacuate first were being taken under the influence of “political and bureaucratic recommendations”.

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