Only 2,250 expats will be flown to Kerala in first phase: CM

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It is reported that the Centre is planning to bring back 80,000 Keralites. The state government had listed 1,68,136 people who should be repatriated urgently.

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that only 2,250 expats stranded in various foreign countries will be repatriated to Kerala in the first phase. He noted that 1,68,136 expats have been named in the priority list.

Though the central government has initiated action to repatriate expats from abroad, only a few Keralites are included in the list in the first phase, hints reports.

Sources revealed that a total of 2,250 expats will land in Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram airports in the first five days of repatriation.

It is reported that the central government is planning to bring back 80,000 Keralites. At the same time, the state government had listed 1,68,136 people who should be repatriated urgently.

The Chief Minister pointed out that 4,42,000 expats have registered to return to Kerala.

People who are jobless, whose work contract has expired, released from jail, pregnant women, children who are separated from their parents amid lockdown, those on visit visa and students who completed studies are included in the priority list prepared by the state government. This list was submitted to the Centre. But the Centre had not approved it, informed the Chief Minister.

The details of the returning expats collected through the official website should be handed over to the Centre. But neither the embassies nor the Ministry of External Affairs have revealed about the system through which the details should be submitted.

The state government has sought clarity regarding these from the Prime Minister through a letter, added the Chief Minister.

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