Tuesday, October 27, 2020

SC asks Centre to take further steps to bring back remaining Indians stranded in Kuwait

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to take steps to bring back remaining Indians stranded in Kuwait amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has said that out of 1.3 lakh citizens who had enrolled for the repatriation with its Embassy, over 87,000 have already been brought back.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah took note of the submissions of the counsel of the Centre that every attempt has been made to bring back stranded Indians from Kuwait and fixed the plea filed by the Velinadu Vazh Tamilar Nala Sangam for hearing after four weeks.

The Sangam wanted a direction for bringing all the stranded Indians, willing to return, from Kuwait to India.

Till October 1, a total of 559 flights -- 177 special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) and 382 chartered and special flights -- have already been operated from Kuwait to India, it said, adding "out of 1,33, 000 Indians, who had registered with the embassy in Kuwait, 87,022 have been bought back already.”

The Ministry of External Affairs, in its affidavit, said that during the seventh phase of the VBM in October, Air India, Air India Express and Indigo Airlines are scheduled to operate 83 flights between Kuwait and different destinations in India.

27/10/20 PTI/Outlook

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