As India plans to bring back its nationals stranded in outside nations because of the Covid-19 lockdown, priority will be given to migrant labourers without employments, those confronting health related crises, individuals with terminated visas, visitors, students and guests and remote office labourers who need to leave the nation, a source has said.
“A list has been prepared on what should be considered ‘compelling’ while deciding who should be allowed to travel amongst the numerous applicants. The Indian embassies will take a decision and community associations are also being consulted,” the source added.  The government will work 64 departures from May 7 to 13 to bring back 15,000 Indian nationals abandoned in around twelve nations.These include the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Philippines and Malaysia, the official said.“The selected ‘asymptomatic’ passengers will have to pay for their tickets, but competitive prices have been worked out”, he added.
“The Indian Navy will also operate ships to bring back Indians, for instance from the Maldives to Tuticorin”, the official said.The travelers should carefully adhere to the Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) discharged by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the departure procedure on Tuesday. Prior to boarding, all voyagers will give an undertaking that they would experience required institutional quarantine for a base time of 14 days on appearance in India, according to the methodology. All voyagers will be required to give an undertaking that they were making the excursion at their own hazard
Article Written By- Lavanya Ambalkar
Law Student– Symbiosis Law School, Pune
(HRDI Work From Home Internship)