Kuwait City: 13,000 Indians who have been granted amnesty by Kuwait are waiting for flights to return to India. All Indians, including Keralites, have been sheltered in repatriation centres and they are provided with food. All the expenses are being taken care of by Kuwait government. The government has decided to transport all 13,000 Indians by Kuwait Airways and Jazeera flights to India free of cost as soon as India gives its approval.
Amnesty has been declared for one month between April 1 to April 30 for undocumented foreigners in the country. Within this period, 6000 Indians without passport or civil id have been shifted to repatriation centres. The government provides them free food and shelter.
Apart from this, there are also more than 6000 Indians who applied for emergency documents from the Indian embassy. Also an attempt to send back 300 Indians who were caught by police and were staying in repatriation centres failed at the last moment as Indian government denied permission.
As per government data, there are 1,60,000 foreigners living in the country defying the immigration laws, out of which 40,000 are Indians. 25,000 have been granted amnesty in total.