The Centre on Tuesday knowledgeable the Madras Excessive Court docket that 5,03,990 lakh Indians stranded in 137 international locations have been introduced again to the nation by means of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) in lower than two months.
Tamil Nadu is the fourth state that obtained a lot of its residents by means of the mission, it stated.
“Kerala obtained the most important variety of stranded Indians (94,085), adopted by Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Extra Solicitor Common of India R Sankaranarayanan stated.
The biggest variety of stranded Indians returned by VBM flights are from UAE (57,305), adopted by Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and USA.
From Nepal 91,193 individuals returned by means of land border examine posts, he added.
Within the fourth part of the mission 218 extra flights are scheduled to India from varied international locations, of which greater than 25 shall be touchdown in Tamil Nadu, he stated.
Sankaranarayanan made the submissions in response to the PIL moved by DMK, alleging that the Tamil Nadu authorities was refusing clearance to such mission flights within the state.
When the plea got here up for listening to, senior counsel P Wilson submitted that earlier the issue was of the state authorities refusing clearance.
Now because the state has made it clear that it has no objection to such flights, the Centre has to discover a resolution to carry again 25,939 residents of the state, who’re nonetheless caught in varied international locations, he stated.
“We would require a minimum of 146 extra flights for the 25,939 to return to India,” Wilson stated.
Furthermore, such stranded individuals who want monetary help should be supplied such assist from the funds out there within the Indian Group Welfare Funds, which has to date not been supplied, he stated.
To this Sankaranarayanan stated much less variety of flights to Tamil Nadu doesn’t imply that residents of the state usually are not returning.
Such flights don’t essentially land in Tamil Nadu. They’re touchdown in numerous states and are then travelling again to the state, he stated.
Recording the submissions, a division bench of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha directed the centre to get directions as to the plan for return of 25,939 residents of the state and inform the court docket by July 20.
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