Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has requested Malayalees stranded in Yemen to utilize all the facilities that are implemented by the Union Government for their safe return.
The Chief Minister, who made this request while meeting the representatives of people who returned from Yemen yesterday, said, It is estimated that there are around 3000 Malayalees in Yemen out of which 823 have been brought back. 247 out of this group have reached Mumbai.
Steps are being taken to bring back the rest of the Malayalees. All aircraft carrying people from Yemen land at Mumbai airport only. Request has been made to Central Minister Sushama Swaraj to extend the flights to Kochi.
The situation in Yemen is that the hospitals would run only with the help of Malayalee nurses. That is why they faced problems for their return. Now the hospital authorities are giving back their passport and are giving assistance for exit visa and exit charge as well.
The Chief Minster urged Ms Sushma Swaraj to make necessary arrangements for the planes from Djibouti carrying Indians, to reach Kochi.
He pointed out that over 70 % of people in the plane that landed at Mumbai were Malayalees. As many as188 Malayalees who reached Mumbai were brought to Kerala in a special flight. Women, children and pregnant women faced much difficulty due to this. He also opined that if the flights are arranged Djibouti- Mumbai- Kochi or Djibouti- Kochi- Mumbai then the difficulty can be avoided.
Nurses stranded there are finding it difficult to reach airports or ports through roads. A detailed plan should be made to resolve the issue by discussing with Red Cross and other organizations.
Steps would be taken to bring back all Indians who wish to come back. Exist pass and out pass would be given to them without any fine. He also made it clear that 812 Malayalees have returned till now.
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