Indians stranded abroad will have to pay to return home | India News

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NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said it will arrange special flights to bring back Indian nationals stranded abroad but the facility will be offered only on a payment-basis.
“Non-scheduled commercial flights would be arranged for air travel. The travel would begin in a phased manner from May 7. This facility would be made available on payment-basis,” the government said in a statement.
This comes amid reports claiming that the government is charging homebound migrant workers for their train journeys while bearing the cost to evacuate Indians stranded abroad.
NC leader Omar Abdullah had also slammed the government for allegedly charging the migrants while evacuating Indians stranded abroad for free.
“If you are stuck abroad during this Covid crisis this government will fly you back for free but if you are a migrant worker stranded in another state be prepared to cough up the cost of travel (with social distancing cost added). Where did “PM Cares” go?,” Abdullah tweeted.
However, the government today said that it never spoke about charging migrant workers, adding that the railways has subsidised 85 per cent of ticket fare with the remaining 15% coming from states.
In a separate statement, the government said Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens and that facility will also be made available on a payment-basis.

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