Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Kannadigas disappointed as no flight scheduled to Karnataka from Gulf

Bengaluru: Kannadigas living across the gulf countries expressed displeasure as no flights from any of the Middle Eastern countries are scheduled to take off in the first list issued by the government of India to bring back stranded Indians from abroad. Flights are expected to operate from other European, US and South East Asian countries from May 6.

Praveen Shetty, president of Karnataka NRI association, expressed his anger and held Karnataka government responsible for lethargy in taking care of its NRIs from Gulf region during this pandemic situation. Earlier, it was Karnataka government who agreed to evacuate its citizens from abroad including gulf. Since there are a huge number of Kannadigas living in gulf regions, Karnataka government had asked residents those who want to return home to register their names.

According to Praveen Shetty, 117 pregnant women, 200 plus people who are above 60 years old and sick have already registered apart from other residents. “I have once again requested Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa, union minister Sadanada Gowda and state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel to look into the matter and include Kannadigas who want to return immediately in the first list.”

According to the official list, 64 flights are scheduled from Europe, USA, Gulf, UK, and Far East to 10 Indian states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Telangana, Gujarat and others. There are three flights scheduled for Bengaluru are from United Kingdom, USA and Singapore each.

According to data released by KNRI there are nearly 2,000 UAE residents applied for immediate return which includes 522 people who lost job, 377 on visit visa, 157 who needs urgent medical attention, 121 pregnant, 30 students and others.
05/05/20 Daijiworld

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