India will start mega evacuation by bringing back 15,000 stranded Indians

The government of India has decided to evacuate 15,000 stranded Indians as a mega evacuation plan. India has arranged 64 flights to implement the mammoth plan. Hardeep Puri, union civil aviation minister reported that these flights have added this is as a commercial service under these special circumstances. The one-way fares from the Gulf countries like Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Kerala and Kochi is around Rs 16,000. One way rescue fare from the UK and the US is a lot higher than the Gulf Countries. Passengers from the UK to India need to pay Rs 50,000 while passengers from the United States to India will cost Rs 1,00,000. According to the union civil aviation minister, they have to charge the passenger as many people want to come back. The implementation of the first phase of the plan will start from May 7 and will be ended on May 13. Indians from twelve countries will be evacuated at first. List of these countries is Singapore, Malaysia, UEA, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Philippines, the UEA, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United States, Qatar and Bahrain. All the 64 flights are from Air India and its subsidiaries. Among the 40 flights are from Air India and 24 from the subsidiary of the national carrier. However, Hardeep Puri said they are also considering involving private airlines in the process. This will be a relief for Indians who are in abroad as all the international and domestic flight operations were suspended due to novel coronavirus. According to the union civil aviation minister, the numbers of requests received by the Indian embassies are increasing and the number at present is much higher than they expected. There are many Indians whose visas have been expired. Earlier President Trump remarked that as the unemployment in the US had been increased, people from other countries shouldn’t be allowed for a job. However, the union civil aviation minister is also concerned about the possible second wave of infections. Hence, the ministry has prepared a standard operating protocol for screening and quarantine process. Furthermore, the passengers need to follow health protocols which were issued by both civil aviation and health ministry of India. Medical screening will be done to the passengers and only asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to come back. Furthermore, these passengers will be checked again after reaching in India and they will be instructed to register themselves in the Indian version of COVID-19 tracking app named Arogya Setu App. More than 150,000 Indian from UAE had requested to return as around one-fourth of them reported that they were jobless. Kerala, Delhi and Tamil Nadu are the three states that will receive more number of people. However, flights are scheduled for other states like Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka. The centre is expecting that the number will increase, it was also decided to take help from Indian Nave ships and Indian Air Force.

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