Nepal | September 28, 2020

Evacuation of Nepalis likely to begin Friday

Around 40,000 citizens expected to be repatriated in first phase

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Share Now:

KATHMANDU, JUNE 3

After the plan to evacuate stranded Nepali citizens from several countries was approved by the Cabinet a few days ago, the government is gearing up to bring them home on priority basis from Friday.

Narayan Bidari, secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, said the rescue operation would start from Kuwait. “We have made arrangements to operate a daily flight to one country, with a total of 10 flights a day.”

He added that if for some reason the evacuation did not begin on Friday, it would begin a day or two later.

According to Bidari, the government is preparing to repatriate 2,500 to 3,000 people in one day. After they touchdown at Tribhuvan International Airport, the returnees will be categorised as per their province and put up in party palaces in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur.

Later, with the help of local levels, Nepal Police and Nepali Army, they will be sent to their respective districts.

Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, said four aircraft of Nepal Airlines and four of Himalayan Airlines would be used for rescue operation.

He said Buddha Airlines’ planes would also be used, if necessary, for evacuating Nepalis from nearby destinations.

He said a maximum of 250 people could be accommodated in a wide-body aircraft and no more than 140 in a narrow-body aircraft.

As per the revised plan, the government estimates that around 40,000 Nepalis from labour destination countries could be brought home immediately.

Earlier, the government had announced that around 25,000 Nepalis would be repatriated in the first phase.

Shankar Das Bairagi, secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said 8,000 Nepalis each from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, 4,000 from the United Arab Emeritus, 7,000 from Malaysia, 11,000 from Qatar, 300 from Bahrain, 600 from Jordan, 400 from Cyprus and around 1,500 students from several countries have submitted their details for returning to Nepal.

Bairagi added that except for labour destinations, the government expected to receive official data of Nepalis wanting to return from the embassies and missions in other countries within the next two days.

The government has already announced that those who want to return home will have to bear all their travel expenses.

Bairagi said some Gulf countries were, however, covering the cost of a few Nepalis who were granted amnesty.

“The government will provide assistance to those in poor financial condition or cannot afford the fare,” he added.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on June 4, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Food, medicines provided to returnees from India

DHANGADI, SEPTEMBER 26 Dhangadi sub-metropolis has been providing free food and health facilities for Nepalis returning from India at border entry point, in Dhangadi. Deputy Mayor Sushila Mishra Bhatta of the sub-metropolis said food and water were being offered to the returnees ever since the Read More...

17 supporters of Dr KC arrested from Maitighar

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 26 Police have arrested 17 peaceful demonstrators, who had gathered at Maitighar Mandala today. They were there to express solidarity with senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging his 19th hunger strike for the last 13 days. Supporters of Dr KC were w Read More...

Nepse index witnesses marginal correction

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 26 The four weeks of bull run came to a halt in trading period between September 20 and 24, with Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index dropping by 0.69 per cent or 10.92 points. “A correction was overdue as the stocks had become overheated,” explained a stockbroker, seeki Read More...

Former Indian minister Jaswant Singh passes away

KATHMANDU: India's former minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Jaswant Singh, passed away in New Delhi on Sunday. He was 82. Singh, who was suffering from illness for a long time, died today at 6:55 am at Delhi's Army Hospital (Research & Referral) where he had been admitted in J Read More...

Yet another Covid-19 related fatality recorded in Banke

RANJHA: A 47-year-old person from Bankegaun of Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City in Banke district has died of coronavirus this morning. With this latest fatality, COVID-19 casualty in the district has reached 13. The man died in course of treatment at Nepalgunj Teaching Hospital in Nepalgunj, i Read More...

PM Oli summons cabinet meeting a day in advance

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called an 'emergency' cabinet meeting on Sunday amid reports of possible cabinet reshuffle. The meeting has been scheduled for 12:00 pm. Read Also: Oli-Dahal hold talks ahead of emergency meeting According to PM Oli's press advisor Surya Thapa, ther Read More...

Oli-Dahal hold talks in Baluwatar ahead of 'emergency' cabinet meeting

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and NCP (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal are holding discussions ahead of the 'emergency' cabinet meeting. The chairperson duo are currently at Baluwatar which will be followed by the meeting summoned by the PM at noon today, a day ahead of its regular sch Read More...

Queen Elizabeth to honour UK health workers during the pandemic

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will recognise the work of hundreds of doctors, nurses, fundraisers and volunteers during the COVID pandemic when the her annual birthday honours list is published next month. The list, which was due to be published in June, was postponed in order to add nominati Read More...