May 30, 2020 | Investopaper
The government is going to rescue and bring back the Nepalese stranded abroad on priority basis. The government has started the work of rescuing and repatriating 25,000 Nepalis stranded abroad from next week. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been given the responsibility to collect the details of the citizens in different countries who want to return home within 10 days.
A meeting of the Corona Virus Prevention and Control High Level Coordinating Committee held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar on Friday decided to repatriate stranded Nepalis on priority basis. The task force led by the Chief Secretary has been assigned to finalize the action plan submitted by the ministers at the committee meeting on Friday. The cabinet meeting had earlier passed a procedure to bring Nepalis living abroad.
According to government figures, about 600,000 Nepalese in India and other countries are planning to return home immediately. It is said that 1.3 million Nepalis from all over the world can return home due to Corona. Among them, the government will start rescue operations for students in the UAE, Qatar, Maldives and Bangladesh on a priority basis.
Twenty-eight pregnant Nepali women in the UAE and 2,500 to 3,000 domestic workers who are awaiting to return to the country after receiving amnesty during the lockdown in Kuwait have been given first priority. The government is preparing to repatriate 3,000 to 3,500 people daily. For that, domestic airlines including Nepal Airlines Corporation will be used. Those who want to come to Nepal have to bear the airfare and hotel and quarantine expenses themselves.
According to the government’s current preparations, after coming to Nepal, they will have to stay in a hotel in Kathmandu for two weeks at their own expense. In the case of the fragile economic situation, the government has stated that it will bear the cost itself. After being rescued in Kathmandu, all of them will be sent to live in the local level quarantine.