Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 24: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct Indian Embassies in GCC countries to take urgent steps to bring back the bodies of the NRKs whose death occurred due to reasons other than COVID-19 infection.
Seeking the Prime Minister's intervention to avoid unnecessary procedural hassles, he said "It is learnt that, a 'clearance certificate' from the Indian Embassies concerned is required to process the application for bringing home the mortal remains of the dead." "The Embassies are insisting on production of a no-objection certificate from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi. The Centre had already agreed that the mortal remains, in cases where the death is not due to COVID-19 infection such certificates are not necessary," he added.
Pointing out that these mortal remains can be brought in the Cargo planes, he said the Indian Embassies may be directed to issue necessary clearances without seeking individual approvals from the Ministry of Home Affairs and avoid delay, so that the mortal remains reach their homes early enabling the family members to perform the last rites. Stating that Non-Resident Keralites Associations in the GCC countries are seeking their Government's support to bring home the mortal remains of people who had expired due to reasons other than the COVID-19 infection, he said the Pravasis are already under tremendous stress and anxiety because of the lockdown imposed in those countries and the consequent stoppage of International flights. (UNI)