Odisha govt evacuates 180 more migrant workers

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Bhubaneswar (TF Bureau): The Odisha government today airlifted 180 migrant workers from Andaman and Nicobar Islands as part of its initiative to bring back stranded Odias from different parts of the country.

A special Air Asia flight carrying the migrants from Port Blair airport landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here at 12.50 PM.

Dedicated teams of officers of the Odisha government interacted with the administration of Andaman and Nicobar as well as the migrant workers, an official said.

Earlier, all formalities required under COVID-19 protocols were completed and all arrangement made to bring those workers to the airport by picking them up from different islands in the union territory, the official added.

He said the state government has undertaken a mission to safely bring back all migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country.

The government decided that persons stranded in remote parts from where rail services are not available and also travelling on road is not possible, will be evacuated by air.

Over 600 people have already been evacuated by air from Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, the official added.

Yesterday, three flights carrying 350 migrants from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh had arrived here.

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