The ministry of external affairs is preparing to bring them back under Vande Bharat Mission
The ministry of external affairs is preparing to bring them back under Vande Bharat Mission|Representational Image
TRIPURA

162 Tripura residents apply to return from abroad amid lockdown

Ministry of external affairs arranging flights from Kyiv & Moscow to Guwahati for persons from Northeast stranded amid COVID-19 lockdown during 1st week of June

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Altogether 162 persons from Tripura have requested the government to ensure their return to state from different parts of the globe, said law minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that of the total stranded persons, 25 are in Ukraine, 83 in Bangladesh, 12 in Oman, nine in Russia, seven in USA, six in Nepal, five in Kyrgyzstan, three in Italy, two each in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, and one each in United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Georgia, Kazakhstan and Portugal.

The ministry of external affairs is preparing to bring them back under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ with direct flights from different location having residents from the Northeast region.

He also said that the ministry of external affairs (MEA) is arranging flights from Kyiv and Moscow to Guwahati for the stranded persons during the first week of June.

“The stranded persons from Tripura in Bangladesh shall be sent by bus by the Indian High Commissioner from Dhaka to Akhaura check post for kind perusal,” Nath said.

Speaking about those stranded in different countries Nath said the list includes 50 students, six professionals, seven workers, 14 tourists, six visitors and one deportee.

For the students stranded in Ukraine and Russia, two flights are being planned, one from Kyiv to Guwahati in Assam and other from Moscow to Guwahati and Bhubaneswar.

“Hotels are being identified for quarantine purpose in Guwahati. After quarantine in Guwahati, other Northeast states will facilitate the travel of passengers from Guwahati to their respective homes,” Nath added.

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