Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.
All directives effective immediately
Since the reopening of schools in the state last week, there has been an increase in demand for allowing children on local trains. Considering the requests of the parents and school authorities, the state government has issued this directive which has been put to effect, immediately. Moreover, the order states that once vaccine becomes available for this age group, access to all these services will end after 60 days, from the date of availability. Subsequently, only vaccinated students will be allowed to board the local trains and avail other facilities.
Additionally, according to the order issued by the authorities, all services accessible for the fully vaccinated citizens, are now permitted to those who are not eligible for the vaccine or can not take the jab due to medical reasons.
Railway to comply with state government's directives
As per the spokesperson of railways, the statuary body will comply with the orders of the state government, however, going by the existing directives, only monthly passes will be issued at the counters, as of now. Further, before allowing them entry to the stations, the officials will also check students' Adhaar cards and school identity card to verify their age.