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Air Service For Migrants


Migrants stranded in Jammu and Kashmir so also in Himachal Pradesh were brought back to Odisha, thanks to efforts of the State Government.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the officials to bring back these stranded migrants through Air Service.

Due to lockdown in the entire country in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic situation, Government of Odisha has undertaken a Mission to safely bring back all the migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country. 

State Government decided that person stranded in remote parts from where Rail Services are not available and also travelling on road is not possible, will be evacuated by Air.

In this regard more than 350 migrants from Odisha stranded in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh is being brought by 3 Air Asia Flights to Bhubaneswar.  

Flights carrying stranded migrant workers arrived at 1330, 1430 and 1530 hrs today i.e. on 7 June 2020.  

These stranded migrants are from Anantnag, Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu and Samba districts of erstwhile J & K and Kangra, Una districts of Himachal Pradesh.

Dedicated teams of officers of the Odisha Government intensively interacted with the concerned State Governments and also the migrant workers, who are being brought back to the State, completed the formalities required under the COVID-19 protocols and made every arrangement to bring those workers to the concerned Airports by picking them up from different pockets of erstwhile J & K and Himachal.

Earlier more than 300 persons from Odisha stranded in Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Assam were brought by Air Asia Flight to Bhubaneswar. 

Flight carrying migrant workers from Manipur landed at Bhubaneswar Airport on Wednesday.

Another flight carrying migrant workers from Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya will arrive at Bhubaneswar Airport late in the evening on Wednesday  carrying 138 migrant workers stranded in Tinsukia, Silchar, Dimapur, Kamarup and Siva Sagar districts of Assam and also in Meghalaya.

Another flight with stranded migrants will be brought from Andaman & Nicobar Islands tomorrow.
 
The Mission will continue till all migrant workers safely return to the State.
 


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