650 Brahma Kumaris from T, AP stuck in Raj

Hyderabad: With the Centre on Wednesday issuing fresh guidelines allowing stranded students, migrant labourers, pilgrims and tourists to their home states if they do not have symptoms of coronavirus, 537 Brahma Kumaris followers from Andhra Pradesh and 120 from Telangana, who are stuck in their headquarters at Mount Abu in Rajasthan, are breathing easy now.
The Brahma Kumaris had gone to Mount Abu on March 17 for their annual spiritual programmes (till March 22) and have been stuck there since then. With around 1,500 from Maharashtra leaving for their native places in the last two days following the Maharashtra government giving a green signal, the Brahma Kumaris from both Telugu states are now hoping that they can also go back to their native places. Kondepudi Madhavi, a native of Rayavaram in East Godavari district in AP, told TOI that many of us came from Vishakapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Vizianagaram and Krishna districts. “We arrived in Mount Abu on March 17. Many of them have left and around 6,000 of us are stuck. Those from Maharashtra have left recently.”
BK Hema, Brahma Kumaris centre in charge of Rajahmundry, said that 44 followers from Rajahmundry had come to Mount Abu on March 16. “Once the lockdown was announced, we were stuck here. Many of those who are stuck are from farming families. As this is a harvest season, they need to go back,” she said. She said their main worry was over welfare of their children back home. She added, “We have maintained social distancing and took all precautions to avoid contracting coronavirus. Every one of us had one room each.”
The followers appealed to Union minister G Kishan Reddy, AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy and former CM Chandrababu Naidu to help them reach AP early.
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