Centre mulls to fly back 375 NE students from abroad

AGARTALA, 17th May: The Union ministry of external affairs has informed the home ministry that around 428 students from Northeast India are stranded in Russia, Ukraine and Bangladesh and have expressed desire to be repatriated back to the country, said Tripura law minister Ratan Lal Nath.
A total of 177 students are stranded at Russia, 198 in Ukraine from the Northeast, while 53 students from Tripura are stranded in Bangladesh.
Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that the ministry of external affairs had written a letter to the ministry of home affairs seeking permission for their repatriation from Dhaka to Akhaura check post by bus.
He also said that there are nine stranded persons in Russia and 25 in Ukraine from Tripura. The ministry of external affairs is preparing to bring back the residents from Moscow and Kyiv to Agartala via Guwahati by direct flight along with stranded persons from other states of the Northeast. However, the date is yet to be finalised.
As per the reports of the external affairs ministry, there are 375 persons in Russia and Ukraine from Northeast of which 18 are from Arunachal Pradesh, 194 from Assam, 59 from Manipur, 43 from Meghalaya, four from Mizoram, seven from Nagaland, 16 from Sikkim, 34 from Tripura.
He also said that the ministry of external affairs and Air India are looking at the possibilities of arranging two direct flights from Moscow and Kyiv to Guwahati.
“On arrival at Guwahati international airport, thermal screening per health protocol would be carried out by the health officials in the airport. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately taken to medical facility and the remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facility in Guwahati,” Nath added.
However, the expenses of the facilities would be borne by the passengers. The government of Assam is requested to identify suitable place or hotel for quarantine.
“The Union External Affairs Ministry has asked the Assam government to make arrangement of hotels as quarantine centre so that those people, who are coming from abroad, can be quarantined,” said Nath.

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