Odisha govt airlifts 350 stranded migrants from J&K, Himachal

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Bhubaneswar (TF Bureau): As many as 350 stranded migrant workers from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh were airlifted to Odisha capital by three flights of private carrier Air Asia this afternoon.

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.

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 erstwhile J & K and Himachal Pradesh is being brought by 3 Air Asia Flights to Bhubaneswar, an official of the Odiaha government said.

Flights carrying stranded migrant workers arrived at 1330, 1430 and 1530 hrs today. These stranded migrants are from Anantnag, Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu and Samba districts of erstwhile J & K and Kangra, Una districts of Himachal Pradesh.

Worth mentioning, dedicated teams of officers of the Odisha Government intensively interacted with the concerned State Governments and also the migrant workers, who were 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.

One more flight with stranded migrants will be brought from Andaman & Nicobar Islands tomorrow.

Notably, Odisha Government have so far evacuated over 280 migrant workers from Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam on June 3. They were from far flung districts of these States.

The mission will continue till all migrant workers safely return to the State, the official added.

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