Migrants Stuck In Remote Areas Being Airlifted

In a phase-wise manner, over 300 migrant workers from Odisha stranded in the north-east are being brought back to Bhubaneswar by Air Asia flights. The state government has promised that it would airlift stranded migrant workers in inaccessible areas across the country.

“Due to lockdown in the entire country in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Odisha government has undertaken a mission to safely bring back all the migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country. The government decided that person stranded in remote parts from where rail services are not available and also travelling on the road is not possible, will be evacuated by Air,” a state official said.

Out of 300 persons from Odisha stranded in Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya & Assam, Air Asia has already brought back about 180 persons. Meanwhile, a flight carrying 138 migrant workers from Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya arrived at the Bhubaneswar airport late in the evening yesterday.

Nodal officers appointed by the Odisha Government intensively interacted with the concerned state governments and also the migrant workers. They completed the formalities demanded under the COVID-19 protocol and arranged the return of the workers from various areas of north-eastern India.

An official release from the state government said that the mission would continue till all migrant workers safely return to the state.