Third batch of stranded Gulf Indians come home

Third batch of stranded Gulf Indians come home

S Murari

A third batch of Indians stranded in the Gulf, returned to India in an Air India Express on Sunday night. The 171 passengers from Kuwait landed at Chennai international airport.

The passengers—107 men, 60 women and four children—were tested for fever and their baggage was fumigated. They were later sent to facilities where they will be kept in quarantine for two weeks.

This was the third bath of Gulf returnees who were stranded following the suspension of air services from March 22 after Covid pandemic. Two flights brought Indians from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

The stranded Indians are being brought home under the Government India’s Vande Mataram which will go on till May 19.

Under this mission, 11 flights are scheduled to bring Indian nationals from Oman, Bangladesh, the US, the UK, Kuala Lumpur and Philippines to Chennai in the coming days.

At another level, the Government of Tamil Nadu has sent back four trains strandd migrant workers to their home States of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal in the last few days.

The first batch of stranded medical tourists and guest workers from Vellore who got stranded after coming for treatment at the Vellore Medical Christian College Hospital were sent to Ranchi in Jharkhand by three special trains from Katpadi last week.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami has said the State Government would arrange more special trains to send back the migrant workers.

The district administration in Thanjavur has arranged four special buses to take 111 migrant workers to their native State of Maharashtra.