Jeddah: One hundred and eighty Telangana NRIs stranded in Oman due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions are returning to Hyderabad in a chartered flight on Sunday.
The flight is not part of the government’s ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, but was arranged and charted by representatives of the Telangana Wing of Indian Social Club in Muscat, an apex body of Indian expatriates.
“Among the 180 passengers nearly 100 passengers were stranded in the country in a pathetic condition as they have lost jobs and not earning and facing difficulty for food”, said Palasa Narender, who is also president of BJP NRI wing in Gulf region and one of the key organisers for the chartered flight.
Narender said a number Indians in Oman are desperate to go back home. “We coordinated with the Indian Embassy and Salam Air airlines to facilitate their return. The Telangana Wing arranged for their ticket fare collection and other documentation formalities,” he said.
He claimed he and some members of the Telangana community in Oman also contributed from their own pockets to facilitate the return of these stranded passengers.
Prakash Madawat, a tribal youth hailing from Rajanna Sircilla district, one of the passengers who left in the charted flight told “Telangana Today” over the phone that he was suffering from acute ulcer for last six months and the firm where he was working was bankrupt, there is none to care neither he was able to return home.
This is the third chartered flight from Oman to Hyderabad in addition to Vande Bharat Mission flights that drawing sharp criticism from Telangana NRI community in Oman and rest of Gulf counties as it operating minimal flights that failed to cater the demand of community.
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