No ban on repatriating bodies of NRIs; Centre doing needful, says V Muraleedharan


Two bodies brought to Chennai airport the other day were not taken outside due to some issues. Following this, news reports came that a ban was imposed on repatriating dead bodies.

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan stated that no restriction has been imposed for repatriating dead bodies from Gulf countries to India at present. All procedures to take home the body of a Kayamkulam native man who died in Dubai are under progress. The Centre is not keeping quiet, but doing the needful, he told Mathrubhumi News.

The central government has not taken the stand that the Indians should not come back. Necessary action will be taken only after evaluating the situation in both countries and ensuring safety. The central government is responsible for the matter of every Indian, the minister added.

The body of the Kayamkulam native was not loaded in the flight from Dubai as the Kochi airport was directed in this regard. Two bodies brought to Chennai airport the other day were not taken outside due to some issues. Following this, news reports came that a ban was imposed on repatriating dead bodies.

The dead bodies were normally brought to homeland in passenger flights. The Civil Aviation and Ministry of External Affairs take decisions in this regard. But as this is not possible under present circumstances, bodies were brought in cargo flights. However, this led to further ambiguities and the actions to resolve the issues are being taken. The matter was discussed with Home Minister Amit Shah the other day, Muraleedharan said.

The issues regarding the repatriation of bodies from foreign counties will be solved in the coming days. A priority list is being prepared. The Centre is closely watching the matters outside the country. The prime minister is holding talks with the heads of all nations. The activities to be done through embassies are coordinated. The matter was discussed with the ministers of external affairs in various countries, Muraleedharan added.

The procedures to bring back 20,000 ship employees from various parts of the world are under progress. The decisions related to COVID-19 resistance are taken by the states and centre in full cooperation, he added.

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