Never restricted anyone; 14,058 expats to land Kerala today: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asserted that the LDF government never restricted entry for anyone to Kerala. Addressing the press meet here, he revealed that a total of 14,058 expats will land in Kerala on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister criticized that some people are creating misunderstandings over the government’s decision to conduct screening of returnees from abroad. He also noted that some people are trying to create a protest against the government and provoke expats.
“The government permitted 72 flights to land in Kerala today. 14,058 expats will return home in these flights. Today, 24 flights will land in Kochi, 22 in Kozhikode, 16 in Kannur and 10 in Thiruvananthapuram. These figures show that the government is committed to repatriating our people,” said the CM.
Till date, 543 flights and 3 ships reached Kerala. Among the flights, 335 were chartered while 208 operated under the Vande Bharat Mission. So far, the government has granted permission for 1,114 flights through consent letter. Among these flights, 462 chartered flights got permission to operate until June 30.
The CM asserted that the government is providing free medical care for all those who were tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from abroad. He noted that the government will continue to assure the best medical care to all.