Sunday, June 07, 2020

4 more flights to bring 208 migrants from Leh this week

Ranchi: Four more chartered flights, carrying more than 200 stranded migrants, is scheduled to land in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Airport from Monday from Leh in continuation of efforts spearheaded by chief minister Hemant Soren, who has also appealed to corporates to help migrant labourers reach home.

Officials announced on Sunday that the four flights will be carrying 55, 60, 43 and 50 passengers respectively. The flights will land here on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The first flight will land here at 10am on Monday and the second at 7.40pm on Tuesday, officials said.

The Jharkhand government had airlifted 60 stranded labourers from Leh last week in an initiative which received appreciation from all parts of the country. By the end of this week, the government will have successfully rescue 268 migrant labourers from Leh if everything goes as per plan.

Almost all the migrants, who will return home in the chartered flights, were working in projects of the Border Roads Organisation in Leh. They were working in projects at Himank and Vijayanak in Nubra valley, Diksit and Chunthug valley, sources said.

Last week, Hemant took to microblogging website Twitter to seek the support of corporate houses in bringing stranded migrants back to Jharkhand. He also tagged some of the leading corporate houses in the country, including Tata Steel and Mahindra & Mahindra, in his tweet.

“We have made sincere efforts to bring back our migrants from inaccessible remote places like Ladakh and Andaman. We still have hundreds of workers stranded in such remote places. My humble appeal to all corporate houses to support us in evacuating our workers,” he tweeted.

More than 500 stranded migrants have returned to Jharkhand in chartered flights so far. It started with an alumni group of National Law School, Bangalore, leasing an Air Asia flight from Mumbai to Ranchi for 180 migrants on May 28. Later, the government airlifted 60 migrants from Leh and 180 from Andaman and Nicobar.
07/06/20 Telegraph
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