Indians in Kuwait return to their natives by Vande Bharat flight today. The particular plane carrying stranded Indians from Kuwait will land at the Tirupati airport by around midnight on Thursday (May 21). Passengers bound for Chittoor, Kadapa, Nellore, and Kurnool districts are arriving by this aircraft.
Indians in Kuwait:
Indians in Kuwait, who does not hold a valid residency permit in the country, are forced to leave the country following the amnesty scheme of Kuwait government. The Kuwaitian authorities received more than 3000 applications from the Indian workers for leaving the country without any penalty. According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, around one lakh Indians are assumed as part of the Kuwait population, which is 4.5 million. Indians are repatriated by the Kuwaitian Government, bearing their expense, itself. Even other Indians in Kuwait who are citizens of the country and those with valid residence proof are living there.
1,300 Corona Virus infections reported among expatriate Indians in Kuwait. Twenty-four Indians who returned by two select flights from Kuwait to Indore on May 13 have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Bhopal. According to official sources in Bhopal, the Kuwait returnees tested positive have admitted to the private Chirayu Medical College Hospital and the hospitals associated with the state government-run Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. The Kuwait returnees were part of the central government’s Vande Bharat mission to bring all Indian nationals stranded abroad back home.
Vande Bharat Mission:
Kuwait to Hyderabad flight will reach on May 21. Commissioned under ‘Vande Bharat’ mission, the Kuwait – Hyderabad – Tirupati Air India flight will reach Hyderabad at 9 p.m. and depart at 10.30 p.m. to reach Tirupati at 11.30 p.m. “This flight has a seating capacity of 150, but the number of passengers we will receive is still not clear as the booking process is still on,” Airport Director S. Suresh. At Tirupati, the passengers will check for body temperature and other COVID-19 specific parameters, following which they will segregate district-wise.
Indians in Kuwait ad other countries will be brought back home from 21 countries between May 16 and June 3 is the mission.