Friday, June 19, 2020

25,000 Indians stranded in the UAE repatriated home since May 7

Approximately 25,000 distressed Indian expatriates have been repatriated from the UAE since the launch of the Vande Bharat Mission on May 7, including those on charter flights as well. Neeraj Agarwal, Consul Press, Information and Culture at the Consulate General of India in Dubai said nearly 15,000 Indians have been repatriated from the UAE on the Vande Bharat Mission flights and 10,000 have departed on charter flights.

"Since the beginning of the operations, we have received applications from a total of 140 private companies and community groups," said Agarwal.

He added, "It is an ongoing process and Delhi is sending approvals for charter flights at least two to three days in advance. With the exceptions of one to two applications, almost all approvals are coming through from Delhi and the respective States the flight is going to," said Agarwal. Most of the passengers flying out are professionals who have suffered job losses and their family members.

"A sizeable number are stranded tourists, some suffering unpaid leaves, labourers, medical emergency cases, and pregnant women are on-board these flights as well," he added. On Wednesday alone, about 3,000 people leaving on 16 chartered flights to cities in Kerala, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad.
19/06/20 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times
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