NRIS welcome Centre’s move to evacuate Indians stranded abroad

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Non-resident Indians (NRIs) have expressed relief over the Central government direction to states to prepare for receiving Indians stranded in various countries in the wake of the rapid spread of Covid-19 pandemic across the world.

Though the government had opposed the plea to bring back the Indians in the Supreme Court last week, it has sought to reconsider its stand in view of the mounting pressure from the diaspora and various states, especially Kerala.

The state government had told the Central government that it was ready to keep all those returning to the state under isolation in the state. Sources said that the state government had already identified sufficient number of buildings in and around airports for the purpose.

“It is a good news that government of India is finally considering to fly back Keralites stranded in the Gulf considering the demand of the Keralites abroad and the emotions of their dear ones in Kerala,” says K V Shamsudheen, chairman of Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, who had earlier this week submitted a representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.

The centre’s earlier stand was that it won’t be able to bring back them under the lockdown restrictions. They had mentioned that no air services could be resumed and that the Indians should stay abroad.

“We Indian expatriates were requesting the central government to give permission to repatriate Indians who wish to go back to India.  State of Kerala also demanded strongly the same and the state offered necessary facilities to keep returnees from abroad under quarantine,” he added. 

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