Chennai: With higher classes for 9 to 12 resuming physical classes in Tamil Nadu, the state transport minister has ordered that the students can travel in government buses for free by showing their school identity cards. This was announced by the Transport minister, RS Rajakannappan. He said that the students wearing school uniforms will also be permitted free travel in buses till the bus passes are made available.
The minister in the statement further said that students of government colleges, polytechnics and industrial training institutes (ITIs) will also be allowed to travel for free in state transport undertakings. The Tamil Nadu government has issued an order stating that college students from Kerala who are studying in Tamil Nadu will have to produce vaccination certificates and RT-PCR negative certificates taken within 72 hours of reaching Tamil Nadu. This, according to the state higher education department is due to the high rates of fresh Covid cases in that state.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister M K Stalin held a high-level meeting with officials on Monday to review the Covid-19 situation prevailing in the state as schools are scheduled to reopen on September 1, Wednesday. Chief Minister also requested parents and students to wear masks, ensure physical distancing and to follow the guidelines on Covid-19 protocol issued by the state health department.