New Delhi: Corona has shocked the world. The Gulf countries have been hit by Corona, with the Gulf countries advising Indians to return home.
The central government is also planning to bring back Indians using Air Force, Navy and Air India aircraft. Bringing billions of people is not easy task.
Indians are predominantly in the Gulf countries, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. But millions of people have returned to India in the wake of coronavirus worldwide. In the wake of coronavirus in the Gulf countries, the UAE has already instructed foreign nationals to leave the country immediately.
The government of India has also been informed of this. Thus, about 70 per cent of those living in the Gulf countries are on the verge of returning home. The embassy is also connected with the work.
The central government is also considering bringing back its citizens residing abroad. It is said that Air India, Indian Airforce and Indian Navy ships has been informed to do so.
Residents of the Gulf countries are divided in different ways, and those who have left for work and visa expires are brought back to India in the first place, and those who have gone for tourism purpose will be brought back after them. It is said that Indians residing abroad are instructed to contact the embassies immediately.
It is not easy for the central government to repatriate foreign nationals. Millions of Indians have settled in the Gulf countries alone. There are 34.20 lakh people in the UAE, 8.25 lakh in Kuwait, 22 lakhs in Dubai, 6.9 lakh in Qatar, 4.48 lakh in Oman, 4 lakhs in Bahrain and over 15 lakhs in Saudi Arabia.
Even before the start of Corona, more than 30% of the people had come back to India, but bringing a large number of remaining Indians home is a big challenge.
Corona had infected about 3,336 Indians in 53 countries around the world. Many are in Quarantine. Thus, the Central Government has to take many precautionary measures before bringing in Indians abroad. The Central Government has already instructed all States to bring Indians abroad. Millions of people need to have a quarantine system.
The Government of Kerala has already agreed to quarantine the people of the state. But the Supreme Court said it would not be possible to bring in foreigners until Corona is over.
The Gulf countries are now worried about the Indians leaving the country and appealing to the central government to repatriate them.